The Runner (Davandeh)

Festival of Films from Iran

Virtual Q&A with actor Madjid Niroumand follows the film

Often lauded as the first movie to emerge from postrevolutionary Iran—and for having one of the best child performances of all time—Amir Naderi’s masterpiece The Runner is presented in a digital restoration. Amiro (Madjid Niroumand), an illiterate 11-year-old orphan living alone in an abandoned tanker in the Iranian port city of Abadan, survives by shining shoes, selling water, and diving for deposit bottles, while being bullied by both adults and competing older kids. He finds solace in dreaming about departing cargo ships and airplanes, and in running.

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Generous support is provided by the ILEX Foundation.

Special thanks to community partners Society of Iranian American Women for Education and Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston.

The Runner (Davandeh)

Directed by Amir Naderi
(Iran, 1984, 94 minutes, in Persian with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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