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Country: IRAN, CZECH REPUBLIC
Run Time: 102 minutes
After the loss of her husband, Leila has toiled tirelessly to support her infant daughter and 12-year-old son, Amir. While the factory where she works goes under, Leila is running out of options to avoid falling into poverty. When her daughter becomes ill, Leila becomes increasingly desperate. Meanwhile, Kazem, the factory bus driver, has fallen in love with Leila and asks for her hand in marriage. Although accepting Kazem’s proposal would provide Leila with financial stability, it comes with a huge catch: because Kazem has a daughter the same age as Leila’s son, Amir, religious tradition requires Leila to send Amir away. Having a boy and a girl who are not related by blood living under the same roof is a cultural taboo in Iran, and neighbors have already started to whisper. Although the last thing Amir wants is to be separated from his mother, the young boy strives to do his part to give her a better life. A deeply sorrowful and beautifully moving film, SON-MOTHER follows Leila’s difficult journey as she is forced to make an impossible choice. (In Farsi with subtitles) — G.S.
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 7:50 PM ET
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:35 AM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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