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TWO-LEGGED HORSE

by Samira Makhmalbaf

synopsis

The film is set in Afghanistan, in a region both remote and poor. Here, underprivileged children live in acute poverty in 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 willingly 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.

international title: Two-Legged Horse
original title: Asbe du-pa
country: France, Iran
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Samira Makhmalbaf
screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
cast: Ziya Mirza Mohamad, Haron Ahad, Gol Gotai Karimi, Khojeh Nader
cinematography by: Farzad Jodat
film editing: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
music: Tolibkhon Shahidi
producer: Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Mehrdad Zonnour
production: Wild Bunch Production, Makhmalbaf Film House (IR)

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