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Directed by Nahid Ghobadi, Bijan Zmanpira

Iraq 2012 79 mins. In Persian, Kurdish

A darkly comic road movie with deadly serious implications, ABOUT 111 GIRLS follows an Iranian bureaucrat on his quest to locate the young Kurdish women who have written a letter threatening mass suicide unless their lives are improved and more marriageable men can be found. The further he gets from the capital and the closer he comes to the isolation and frustration of the Kurds, the more the official increasingly sympathizes with their plight. Husband-and-wife filmmaking team Zamanpira and Ghobadi (sister of Bahman Ghobadi, director of A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES) confidently walk a delicate line between absurdist humor and the very real marginalization of the people. “Rooted solidly in the intriguing visual compositions and extraordinary location photography of Hamid Ghavami in the spectacular Iranian desert, the film is distinctive, resonant, and laden with urgency.”—Time Out London.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Global Lens



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