Mohsen Makhmalbaf's follow-up to the internationally acclaimed GABBEH finds the Iranian director delving deeper into a self-reflexive mode of filmmaking that explores the knotty relationships between art and truth and truth and reality through the recreation of a
violent episode from his own past. In 1974, Makhmalbaf, then a 17-year-old Islamic militant, was arrested and imprisoned for stabbing Mirhadi Tayebi, a young policeman, during a botched attempt to steal his gun. Years later, when the now-famous director was busy auditioning actors for his 1994
film SALAM CINEMA, Makhmalbaf had the extraordinary experience of coming face-to-face with his victim, now an aspi...