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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Iran 1989 86 mins. In Persian with English subtitles

In Kiarostami’s second documentary feature about education, the filmmaker himself asks the questions, interviewing a succession of invariably cute first- and second-graders about their home situations and the schoolwork they must do there. It emerges that many parents are illiterate. Tellingly, many kids can define punishment (the corporal variety seems common) but not encouragement. (Janus Films) Preceded by Toothache (1980, 23 mins.).