A crowd of kids in winter clothes in a still from 'Homework' (1989)
A crowd of kids in winter clothes in a still from 'Homework' (1989)
Homework (1989)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Mashgh-e Shab

Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1989 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 8 Jun 2022

This formally rigorous documentary is mostly comprised of footage of Iranian primary-school students talking about their homework, lives in school and families.

With sensitivity and good humour, Kiarostami draws out, in stealthily heartbreaking fashion, the challenges imposed by war, politics and discipline on children. This astoundingly resonant meditation on conformity and imposed religiosity was the last film he completed for the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.

Format: Colour, DCP
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: MK2
Courtesy: MK2
Runtime: 74 mins

Event duration

74 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

When essayist and critic Phillip Lopate claimed that “we are living in the Age of Kiarostami, as once we did in the Age of Godard”, he highlighted both the crucial emergence onto the world stage of Iranian cinema and the specific qualities of Kiarostami’s contemplative, gently questioning, porously self-reflexive and overwhelmingly poetic work.

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