Stray Dogs

Marziyeh Meshkini"s second feature (after The Day I Became a Woman) is an Iranian post-neorealist fable about homeless children in Afghanistan. A woman who remarried years after her first husband disappeared is charged with adultery and jailed when he returns. At first her two young children are allowed to sleep with her at night, but when they're kicked out they become street kids, barely scraping by in the postwar moonscape of suburban Kabul. Gol Ghoti, played by an actual seven-year-old street girl, has the face of an angel and the fierce survival instincts of the wild dogs she and her brother share the streets with. Meshkini somehow succeeds in combining fervent social critique and mythic surrealism, and the results are both astonishing and deeply moving. In Farsi and Dari with subtitles. 93 min.

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