Rahmat spends his days poling his boat through the salt marshes of Lake Urmia, visiting people who are suffering or are about to suffer. He sits with them and listens to their woes, and then when they begin to weep, he captures their tears in tiny bottles. During his journey he picks up a passenger in the form of a boy searching for his missing father, encounters a young woman forced to marry the sea when she rejects an arranged marriage and witnesses an artist being beaten by his family for using an idiosyncratic color palette in his paintings of the world. Mohammad Rasoulof's The White Meadows
(Keshtzar haye sepid
) is a beautifully shot film that serves as a dreamlike allegory of the writer/director's native Iran. The White Meadows
screens tonight only at 7:30 p.m. at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries
). Admission is $5 to $6.
Tue., May 31, 2011