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A bearded man seated before a desk holds up his fist to show a tattoo on his forearm.

Terrestrial Verses

  Ali Asgari, Alireza Khatami

  Iran     77 minutes


A series of incisive, often darkly comic vignettes, Terrestrial Verses offers a glimpse into the lives of average Iranians as they grapple with the social, cultural, and religious bureaucracies imposed upon them by their government. A static camera chronicles an array of struggles—a woman searching for her lost dog, a filmmaker clashing with national censorship, a parent attempting to name his newborn son David, and many others—as the film ponders the absurd, draconian structures that subtly dictate life in Iran. The accumulation of these striking short fictions paints a powerfully human picture of a population fed up with the constraining politics of everyday life.

 Persian with subtitles

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Film Credits

  •   Ali Asgari, Milad Khosravi
  •   Alireza Khatami, Ali Asgari
  •   Ehsan Vaseghi
  •   Adib Sobhani
  •   Majid Salehi, Gouhar Kheir Andish, Sadaf Asgari
  •   Masoud Fayaz Zadeh
  •   Taat Films Iran, Seven Springs Pictures Iran, Cynefilms
  •   https://filmsboutique.com/film/terrestrial-verses/