The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 99 minutes
SUN CHILDREN tells the story of four child laborers led by the voracious and driven Ali. This 12-year-old and his friends commit petty crimes and work menial jobs to survive. When a criminal leader recruits Ali to retrieve underground treasure, he believes the fast-cash scheme can solve all his problems. Determined to save his sick mother and escape poverty’s confines, Ali convinces his friends to enroll in Sun School to gain access to the underground tunnels on which the school sits. A charitable institution, the school provides free education to exploited youth and teaches valued life skills. Will the promise of riches maintain its appeal in the face of new opportunities, including an encouraging teacher and mentor? Majid Majidi’s latest film is a stirring examination of child labor in Iran, elevated by an amateur cast of child actors drawing on personal street-life experiences. The lead’s rugged and volatile performance earned him a Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. This stunning coming-of-age drama is Iran’s entry to the 2021 Oscars®. (In Farsi with subtitles) — R.R.
CIFF45 Streams On Demand
Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
International Narrative Competition
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