In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly “treating” the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors.
Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.
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“It is a valuable work that calls on its audience to brave such matters without the balm of resolution. And for such a work to be so transportingly beautiful and so immediately human — this is a treasure.” –Frontline
“Throughout, Iranian ills are movingly condemned, but it’s The White Meadows’s more general, humanistic portrait of man’s multifaceted nature that truly inspires, its social critique ultimately enhanced by its recognition of the fallibility, irrationality and inscrutability of people’s hearts and minds.” –Slant Magazine
‘The White Meadows’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Farsi with English subtitles.