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Don is the story of a young boy desperate to find work to help support his family and heroin addicted parents. Moving from employer to employer, Don, aged only 9 and illiterate, faces an almost impossible task without an identity card. Part of the Iranian New Wave, Abolfazl Jalili's use of non-actors gives the film the feeling of a documentary, as performers recreate lives so close to their own. From Don's point of view, the world is a tough place, but his determination to make the most of his situation is heartwarming.

Original Title Don
Italian Title Don
Category Official Competition
Section Rear Window
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 90'
Production Year 1998
Nationality Iran
Directed by Abolfazl Jalili
Screenplay Abolfazl Jalili
Main cast Farhad Bahremand, Farzaneh Halili, Tayebeh Soori

 regista abolfazl jaliliABOLFAZL JALILI

Abolfazl Jalili (born 1957 in Saveh, Iran) is an internationally acclaimed Iranian film director. He belongs to the Iranian new wave movement.
Jalili studied directing at the Iranian College of Dramatic Arts, then worked for national television (IRIB), where he produced several children's films. His 'Det' Means Girl (1994) won prizes in Venice film festival and Nantes. He was one of Rotterdam's Film Makers in Focus in 1999.