First Case, Second Case

Original Title: Ghazieh shekl-e aval, Ghazieh shekl-e dovom
Type: Docu-Fiction

Reza Mansouri

by: Abbas Kiarostami
Director of Photography: Baharlou
Editing: Abbas Kiarostami
Sound: Changuiz Sayyad
Company: Institute for Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults – Kanoon – Iran
Year: 1979
Running Time: 53 min
Film Gauge: 16mm, Colour
Original Version: Persian

A pupil is unruly in class. The teacher expels seven boys including the guilty one, who has not owned up nor been denounced by the others.Kiarostami screens this scene to a group of adults and asks them for their opinions. This is case number 1.The following case, number 2, shows the expelled students obliged to stand in the corridor for a whole week. One of the boys eventually goes back to class and denounces the guilty one. Kiarostami then attempts to define the significance of the scene with the same adult interlocutors.