"Homework" by Kiarostami

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Kiarostami exposes some of the hardships of being a young student in Iran. With a few simple shots and a few basic questions, he manages to sketch out both the problems and the joys of childhood.

Kiarostami (playing himself, or simply "playing director") sets up his camera for a few days in a grade school in order to find out about children and their attitudes and struggles with homework. Kids of every personality (from hyper to shy, bragging to quiet) all felt the need to lie about the importance of homework in their life. We laugh each time a young interviewee tells a small fib and says they prefer the difficulty of their homework to watching cartoons after school. But often the truth of the matter is they reason they struggle with their homework is because both parents might be illiterate, or older brothers and sisters provide little support as well. Homework often takes a back seat to the reality of life for these children who are torn between the obligations of being a child and the obligations of being an active member of a family struggling to make ends meet.


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Thank you Ebi

by Monda on

I'll let you know how to get this DVD, when I know. 

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Dear Monda

by ebi amirhosseini on

Thanks,I'll try to find it.The best bet is to ask our film guru;Mr kadivar!.

Best Wishes


How long is the complete documentary?

by Monda on

I loved Kiarostami's presentation as well as his sample selection. Each one of these boys responded wonderfully in words and gist, but the one who wants to be a "Mohandess e Komitteh" was something else!

I'll be looking for the DVD. But if you know a website to order this from, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks Ebi for sharing this.




Damet-Garm Ebi

by Khar on

Thanks for the great post!!!! Most of the kids interviewed had no concept of Tashvigh and encouragement, very sad testament as to how we treat and how we are involved with our kids lives.

"Show them how to fish they will feed themselves", Well Said.


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It's a Great Documentry and...

by Mona 19 on

another fine example of Mr. Kiarostami's simplicity.....and for me it's sad to see most of the kids ( In the video ) knew about what is "Tanbih" but had no/or little definition for "Tashvigh".