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TO FEB. 24
It’s not just the programmers of film festivals and repertory series who have noticed that Iran has one of today’s most acclaimed cinemas; so have young Iranians, who are increasingly following the paths of such masters as Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The Freer’s sixth annual Iranian Cinema series highlights this new generation of directors, beginning with Djomeh (pictured, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20), which won the Camera d’Or (best first film award) at Cannes in 2000. The movie, by Hassan Yektapanah, reveals the ethnic and religious barriers between an Afghan immigrant and the Iranian woman he attempts to court. Farhad Mehranfar’s Paper Airplanes (at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27), 1997’s Iranian box-office champ, follows a traveling projectionist and his son on their trip to a small village to show films. In Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi’s controversial Under the Moonlight (at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3), a young seminarian begins to doubt his vocation after meeting a group of homeless men. Iraj Karimi’s Going By (at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17) is a road movie about four groups of travelers who encounter each other while driving from Tehran to the Caspian Sea. A double bill (at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24) of Maziar Miri’s Unfinished Song, about a researcher who tries to preserve vanishing folk music, and Tabaki, Bahman Kiarostami’s documentary about professional mourners, closes out the series. The films run to Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Freer Gallery of Art’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. (202) 357-4880. (Mark Jenkins)