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Terrestrial Verses

Terrestrial Verses

Terrestrial Verses

Dir. Ali Asgari, Alireza Khatami
77 min

Inspired by ghazal, a style of Persian poetry, Terrestrial Verses collects interviews with people from Iran as they navigate the perplexing bureaucracy that penetrates everyday life. From birth to death, these citizens try desperately, often with humor, to endure.

Directors Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami have gathered a group of people, of all ages, staring at a fixed camera, to speak their mind, to try to reason with the unreasonable, as they face down Iran’s bizarre and labyrinthian order–from teachers, to religious leaders, to government functionaries. In doing so they have captured, in these 77 minutes, and with humor, anger, and sadness, the whole of a country in the grips of madness.

“A fine distillation of blistering deadpan humor and righteous anger.” –Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 77 min
Country/Region: Iran
Language: Farsi
Print Source: KimStim
Tags: Asian Frontiers, Drama, Sociopolitical, SWANA Stories


Director: Ali Asgari, Alireza Khatami
Producer: Ali Asgari, Milad Khosravi
Cinematographer: Adib Sobhani
Screenwriter: Alireza Khatami, Ali Asgari
Editor: Ehsan Vaseghi
Composer: Masoud Fayaz Zadeh
Principal Cast: Bahram Ark Young, Arghavan Shabani, Servin Zabetian, Sadaf Asgari, Faezeh Rad, Hossein Soleymani, Majid Salehi, Farzin Mohades, Gouhar Kheir Andish, Ardeshir Kazemi