The Jar

Original Title: Khomreh
Type: Fiction

Behzad Khodaveisi, Fatemeh Azrah

Written and Directed
by: Ebrahim Forouzesh
Director of Photography:Iraj Safavi
Editing: Changuiz Sayyad
Sound Recorder: Hassan Zahedi
Sound Mixer: Changuiz Sayyad
Music: Mohammad Reza Aligholi
Producer: Alireza Zarrin
Company: Institute for Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults – Kanoon – Iran
Year: 1994
Running Time: 86 min
Original Version: Persian

The big waterjar is the central point of the burning hot schoolyard in an Iranian desert village. When the jar cracks, the social structure of the village also begins to crack.
The new teacher’s inoffensive attempts to acquire help from the villagers to mend the jar are met with distrust and gossip. None of the childrens’ parents are willing to assume any responsibility for the situation. Every plea for help is interperted as an attempt to exploit the villagers.

« The Jar » is a rather touching story of some children clashing into the stinginess and egoism of the adult world. The children at first see the mending of the jar as an amusing adventure, but soon they discover that their parents won’t even give them a single egg (the white is needed for mending the jar) without making a big fuss about it.

(Review in Dagens Nyheter, Swedish morning paper, 950901)

* Winner of « Léopard d’or » Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1994.
* Winner of « Prix CICAE » Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1994.
* Winner of  « Grand Prix » Ciné  Junior, France,  1994.