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11 - 17 October 2018: The Gardener


The Gardener
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
2012 | 87 min | Colour | Digital
Persian with English subtitles

Mohsen Makhmalbaf and his son, Maysam, travel to Israel to investigate the Baha’i faith, a world religion with around seven million followers which originated in Iran about 170 years ago. Youth from all over the world come to Haifa – the centre of this religion – to serve, and those who serve in the gardens that surround the holy places develop peace-loving attitudes through their interactions with nature. During their investigation, the father and son disagree on the role of religion in today’s world and eventually separate to pursuit their own research. This poetic documentary shows two different views on religion and two generations of Iranians.

Part of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Poetic Trilogy