Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Country: Iran
Year: 1979
Runtime: 53 minutes
Color / Mono

This extraordinary film was made in the spring of 1979, not long after the shah’s overthrow. Kiarostami stages two versions of a classroom discipline situation—in one, a student tells
on a troublemaker; in the other, seven students refuse to rat—and then has several adult authorities comment on the outcomes. The fascinating responses evoke conflicts between order and resistance.