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The Jar | خمره

PersianDrama, Family 90 min 1992

The story unfolds in an Iranian village where a simple yet essential element of life is at the center of attention: a large stoneware jar situated beneath the shade of a tree in the school’s courtyard. This jar provides the vital resource of fresh drinking water to the school’s pupils.

However, on an unfortunate day, the jar develops a leak. Despite the schoolmaster’s diligent efforts to mend it, the damage proves to be beyond repair, and the jar can no longer hold water. The loss of this essential resource poses a significant challenge for the school, as the children depend on it to quench their thirst.

In the face of this predicament, the village community makes various attempts to obtain a new jar, but these efforts prove to be unsuccessful. The schoolmaster and villagers are left feeling helpless and uncertain about how to solve this problem, which affects the education and well-being of the children.

Amidst the growing desperation, a compassionate and determined woman from the village takes it upon herself to find a solution. Inspired by the resilience and determination of the children, she embarks on a journey to secure a new jar for the school. Throughout her quest, she faces numerous challenges and encounters various characters, each of whom leaves a profound impact on her journey.

As the woman’s determination and resourcefulness grow, she becomes a symbol of hope and a source of inspiration for the village community. The village unites behind her in the common goal of securing a new jar for the school. The film beautifully captures the power of human connection, emphasizing the importance of empathy, collective effort, and the pursuit of a shared objective.

This heartwarming story highlights the strength of communities when they come together to overcome challenges, showcasing the beauty of human bonds and the positive change that can be achieved through unity and determination.

Ebrahim Forouzesh
Ebrahim Forouzesh
Houshang Moradi Kermani
Iraj Safavi
Changiz Sayyad
Mohammadreza Aligholi
Production Company
The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults

Cast & Crew
Abbas Khavaninzade, Behzad Khodaveisi, Fateme Azrah, Sakine Mehrizi, Shamsoddin Olfat