My kids loved this award-winning 1997 Iranian film. They were very hesitant to watch another sub-titled foreign film but I told them to try the first 10 minutes and then we can stop if they don’t like it. My son is 11-years-old and my daughter is 9-years-old and the film’s stars are a young brother and sister.
You can read Wiki for the details. Here is a quick bullet-list of the things my kids and I talked about during the film (pausing a few times).
- Children around the world often work from a very young age
- School is a privilege
- The submissive role of women in Islamic nations
- Their Government hates us but not all the people hate us
- They have the same emotions as us but very different customs
- Brother and sister caring for each other all over the world
- Family needs to stick together
- What is Islam
- They believe just what their parents tell them
- Father is strict but stressed and loving
My kids loved it and thought deeply. It is one way for them to visit other countries and learn about other beliefs both critically and sympathetically. The trick is, to make their journey fun.