Life is the real treasure!

5/12/2021

From Iran comes the masterpiece “Sun Children” which has received critical and audience acclaim wherever it’s been shown. Last year it won two awards at The Venice Film Festival, a nomination for the Golden Lion and was Iran’s contribution for the Academy Awards as Best International Feature.

“Sun Children” tells the story of 12-year-old Ali and his three friends. Together they work hard for their families on the streets of Tehran. Their lives takes a dramatic u-turn when they hear about an underground treasure, buried underneath a charitable institution that tries to educate street kids. Ali and their friends decide to go treasure hunting to turn their lives around for the better.

The director of the film, Majid Majidi dedicates the film to the “152 million children forced into child labor and those fighting for their rights. “I am guessing that the number 152 million is an

understatement,” says director Majid Majidi, who based the story on a real school named “Sobhe Rooyesh” or “Morning of growth” which was managed by an NGO and located in the South of Tehran. 

Roohollah Zamani, who debuts in his acting career as the main character Ali, won the Marcello Mastroianni award at The Venice Film Festival.

The film is screened at Stockfish.