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About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009)

Kanopy, Netflix DVD; mystery about a family on vacation at a beach resort

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A Cube of Sugar (Reza Mirkarimi, 2011)

Amazon Prime Video

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Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi, 1997) 

Netflix DVD or Prime Video; After a boy loses his sister’s pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures to find them.

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Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990) 

Netflix DVD; The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film

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The Color of Paradise (Majid Majidi, 1999) 

Netflix DVD; The story of Mohammed, a blind Iranian boy and his father, Hashem, who is always oscillating between accepting his son as he is and abandoning him, as he represents a burden for him, after the loss of his wife.

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Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, 2006) 

Kanopy, Netflix DVD

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In the Fire of Grace, Dancing Rumi’s Journey of the Soul.

 A beautiful performance based on Sufi dance 

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Lizard (Kamal Tabrizi, 2004)

Comedy about an escaped prisoner who poses as a mullah

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Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006)

Young women enter sports stadium dress as men to watch soccer match

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Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi , 2006)

Amazon prime; A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

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The Salesman, (Asghar Farhadi, 2016)

Amazon prime; a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator 

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A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

Netflix DVD;  A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. 

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Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015)

Netflix DVD Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran

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Turtles Can Fly (2004, Bahman Ghobadi)

Amazon prime; Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion in 2003, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

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Where Is the Friend's House? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987) 

YouTube (in Persian); for sale on Amazon under the title The Koker Trilogy. 

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The Willow Tree (2005, Majid Majidi)

Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France.; Amazon Prime

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Garden of the Brave in War: Recollections of Iran – Terence O’Donnell

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Jasmine and Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran - Fatemeh Keshavarz

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The Stationery Shop of Tehran – Majan Kamali

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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You – Dina Nayeri

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Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran – Shahrnush Parsipur

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