Shahin Parhami / Canada, Iran, South Korea, Ukraine / 2010 / 120 mins, Toronto Premiere

With Amin Aghaie

In Farsi, Turkish, “Qashqai” and Russian

Winner: Asian Vision Award, Taiwan International Documentary Festival; Special Distinction, Dubai International Film Festival; Official Selection: Moscow International Film Festival; Montreal World Film Festival; Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; Pusan International Film Festival; San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; In Competition: 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

AMIN portrays Qashqai musician Amin Aghaie, a young modern nomad and his family who despite facing steep financial, cultural and political obstacles are dedicated to their art and culture. Amin travels to remote towns and villages to record the music of the surviving masters whose numbers decline each year. His nomadic family are selling their meager belongings to help support their son’s education in performance and ethnomusicology at Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, but it is not enough. Amin, desperate to finish his academic education, sells his violins one at a time just to pay for his tuition.


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