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Where is the Friend's House?

First part of Koker trilogy. Eight-year-old primary school pupil Ahmed has accidentally taken a classmate's notebook. He wants to bring it back, but where does he live?

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Where is the Friend's House?

Ahmed, an eight-year-old schoolboy, sees the teacher telling of his classmate Mohammed Reda for the umpteenth time for not doing his homework in the notebook provided. Next time he will be expelled. At home, Ahmed discovers that he accidentally put Mohammed Reda's notebook in his bag. To make sure Mohammed Reda will not get into trouble Ahmed sets out to return the notebook, though his mother forbids him to do so. But where exactly does he live?

A story about everyday courage, sense of duty, and loyalty, Where is the Friend's House? is the first instalment of Kiarostami's Koker trilogy, three films set in the village of Koker, which lies somewhere in the north of Iran. With this film Kiarostami had his international breakthrough. Renowned Japanese director Akira Kurosawa considered the small, seemingly simple drama one of his favourite films.