The Jar

By Ebrahim Forouzesh

Original title – Khomreh
International title – The Jar


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.


Behzad Khodaveisi
Fatemeh Azrah


Written & Directed by – Ebrahim Forouzesh
Director of Photography – Iraj Safavi
Editing – Changuiz Sayyad
Sound Recordist – Hassan Zahedi
Sound Designer – Changuiz Sayyad
Music – Mohammad Reza Aligholi

Producer – Alireza Zarrin 
Produced by – Institute for Intellectual Development of
Children & Young Adults – Kanoon


  • Winner of ‘Léopard d’or’ (Pardo d’oro), Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1994.
  • Winner of ‘Prix CICAE’ Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland, 1994.
  • Winner of  ‘Grand Prix’ Ciné Junior, France, 1994.