Added to my films
The film is set in Afghanistan, in a region both remote and poor, where underprivileged children live in acute poverty amid a maze of abandoned sewer pipes that provide meagre shelter. A father sets out to find someone who can attend to his severely disabled son, a young boy who is unable to walk. Mirvais, one of the inhabitants of the pipes, is hired to carry the boy around on his back. It is not long, however, before Mirvais's simple duties are extended by his new young master. Mobile for the first time in years, the boy sees an opportunity to use Mirvais for his own ends. Tehran born Samira Makhmalbaf (29) first became involved in cinema at the age of eight when she appeared in "The Cyclist", directed by her father Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She later worked as an assistant director on his film "The Silence". Her own films, "The Blackboard" and "At Five in the Afternoon", received Jury prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 and 2003, respectively.