Directed by Bahman Ghobadi • 2000 • Iran
Starring Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini
The first Kurdish film produced in Iran, this heartrending debut feature from Bahman Ghobadi (NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS) is an indelible dispatch from the harshest realms of human existence. On the Iran-Iraq border, a family of five orphaned Kurdish children struggle to raise enough money for their disabled brother to receive an operation—a dire situation that forces them to take desperate and dangerous action. Unflinching yet graced with a soulful lyricism, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES powerfully portrays the courage of children forced to survive in an adult world.