Raak mij aan! Touch me!

Dark secrets unfold in an Iranian kindergarten as adult issues invade a small boy's world.

Childhood innocence and the adult world clash in the world premiere of this prescient drama from Iranian filmmaker Amir Toodehroosta. With a background in advertising and short films, Toodehroosta has frequently used filmmaking to challenge and critique Iranian society. With Numb, his second foray into feature-length films, he continues to question his surroundings.

This time the action is restricted to a kindergarten, a world seemingly far removed from real life in Iran. Pre-school is the first and last time boys and girls can learn together freely before entering the strictly segregated education system. Much like the dog in Toodehroosta’s well received first feature Paat (2013), six-year-old Roham plays the often silent witness to the actions unfurling around him. As his curiosity grows, the complicated real lives of the other pupils start to unravel.

As the conflict between freedom and state control bubbles beneath the surface, lessons become peppered with propaganda. As Roham’s relationships develop with the class bully and quiet Rana, he stumbles across disturbing secrets that split open his innocent world.

Screenings

Thursday 2 February
15:15 till 16:46
Camera 4
€ 12.50
Saturday 4 February
10:15 till 11:46
Incl. an introduction
Camera 1
€ 12.50
Language
Perzisch gesproken, Engels ondertiteld
Duration
91 min
Country
Iran
Year
2023
Director
Amir Toodehroosta

IFFR in Groningen

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is coming to Groningen! 

From Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 February.

IFFR in Groningen is the perfect opportunity to explore unknown, international gems or to discover the special titles of the upcoming film year.

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