Exodus, a documentary by Bahman Kiarostami, is the highlight of the lineup.

The film is about thousands of Afghan migrants who have lined up to leave Iran as the renewed U.S. sanctions have sparked a recession, but first, they must endure interrogations at an immigration center in Tehran.

Exodus was named best film at the 12th Cinema Verite, Iran’s major festival of documentary films, last December.

Short films Black Eared by Behzad Azadi, about a young babysitter who is accused of mistreatment, and Absent Wound by Maryam Tafakkori, about a girl who tries to enter the forbidden zones of male activities, are also among the films.

Gray Body by Samaneh Shojaei, about a doctor who is visiting a roomful of psychiatric patients, will also go on screen in the short animation competition.

Over 200 films from all over the world will compete at the New Orleans Film Festival, which is an Oscar-qualifying event.

Source: Tehran Times