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Before the rise of Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, two ’70s films by Dariush Mehrjui, The Cow and The Cycle, introduced Iranian cinema to the West. Both of these depicted the plight of the poor, a common theme in Iranian films. In Iran, Mehrjui’s work is still esteemed, but, ironically, his overseas popularity has declined since he turned to chronicling more affluent people. His latest film, The Pear Tree, is his most autobiographical: A blocked writer retreats to the country home of his childhood, where a barren pear tree provokes a Proustian rush of memories. Schedule permitting, Mehrjui will attend tonight’s screening to discuss the film. At 6:30 and 8:45 p.m at the American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)