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DANCE OF DUST

Iran, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Journey to Iran)

Director: Abolfazi Jalili

Dance of Dust is an evocative study of the almost unbe­lievably harsh life of Ilia, a boy living in a desolate rural backwater. Eking out a living working in a brick kiln, Ilia is haunted by mysterious whisperings calling him to other realms. His attraction to Limua, the daughter of a season­al worker, becomes his reason lo endure. The arrival of the rains signals the end of the season and Limua must move on. A simple, poetic, deeply moving masterwork, remi­niscent of Baraka (1992) in its style and visual finesse.

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