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Owsia (Darkened Water)

MI | 24.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum

2500-year-old aqueduct of Qanate near Yazd (Sarkh) is considered an environmental UNESCO world heritage. Due to corruption and mismanagement the subterranean canals are not being maintained properly. Wastewater pollution is poisoning pure and clear water on its 84 km watercourse and causing its decay.

The Lonely Lake

WED | 24.05. 20.00 h | Filmforum

This is a documentary about the critical condition of Lake Urmia in north-western Iran, which is in danger of drying out completely. The Lake has been the world’s second largest hyper saline lake after the Dead Sea and is home to countless faunal and animal species.

Program of NAHAL FILM FESTIVAL 100ˈ + Guest

THU | 25.05. 17.00 h | Filmforum

The Iranian Film festival in Cologne attaches great importance to the up-and-coming generation; we regularly present promising debut films. Quality and talent are already evident in the training. At Iranian Filmhochschulen high-quality documentaries and short films are produced. Together with the NAHAL-Studentenfilmfestival, we will be presenting extraordinary newcomer films.

The Sis (Abji)

DO | 25.05. 19.00 h | Filmforum
Debut!

Abji is dependent on her mother because of her handicap, but the old lady is worried what will become of her when she is no longer there. A portrait of a middle-class family, held together only by female members. After her studies, Marjan Ashrafizadeh shot over 20 short films and 5 television films. Abji is her first feature film.

Scenes from a Divorce (Sahnehai az yek talagh)

SA | 27.05. 17.30 h | Filmforum

After eight years of marriage, Maryam and Bashoo decide to get a divorce. But to keep their families from finding out, they continue to live together. In a society as traditional and religious as Iran, living together as an unmarried couple is not only illegal but also seen by many as a sin. An intimate yearlong look at the private life of a modern Iranian couple, Scenes from a Divorce explores the reasons behind Maryam and Bashoo's decision to end their marriage and continue living together.

Close to Kiarostami (Dar Nazdiki-ye Kiarostami)

SUN | 28.05. 12.00 h | Filmforum
Hommage Abbas Kiarostami

Kiarostami himself thought “Close to Kiarostami” was the best documentary that had been made about him. In this portrait, famous directors and actors like Juliet Binoche, Michel Piccoli, Bernardo Bertulocci, Theo Angelopoulos, and Youssef Chahine talk about Kiarostami. 44 minutes, that brings the audience a little closer to the late great Kiarostami’s work and private life.