GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1999: The Iranian film Children of Heaven is nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film.

Directed by Majid Majidi, this genial crowd-pleaser, about a poor brother and sister temporarily obliged to share the same pair of shoes, walked away with almost every award offered at the 1997 Montreal World Film Festival, including the grand prize, the critics' prize, the people's prize, and the ecumenical jury prize. It did not, however, take home the Oscar.

PBS Iranian Culture
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Vis Vis looks at Iran's rich traditions of cinema, literature, and music.