3 Faces

3 Rokh


Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 2:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

After her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory, a provincial girl sends a video plea for help. Well-known Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari is distressed by the video, abandoning her shoot and turning to acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi (“The Circle,” “The White Balloon”) to help with the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest, where they have amusing encounters with the charming and generous folk of the girl’s mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also discover that old traditions die hard. Panahi’s films are known for portraying realistic images of Iran, and most have never screened in his own country. Twice arrested, Panahi currently is under a 20-year ban on filmmaking. Although he could receive six years in prison for violating that prohibition, Panahi continues to defy the authorities by making movies. IndieWire calls “3 Faces” an “insightful exploration of censorship and oppression in a society that accepts those phenomena as facts of life.”

100 min.

Directed by

Jafar Panahi



Film Category

International Spotlight Middle Eastern Focus


Education School Theater Women's Issues