A Moment of Innocence. 1996. Iran. Written and directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. With Mirhadi Tayyebi, Ali Bakhshi, Ammar Tafti, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. 35mm. In Persian; English subtitles. 78 min.
Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf was an anti-Shah radical during his teenage years before the Islamic Revolution. An attack on a Shah police officer landed him in jail for over four years. Two decades later, Makhmalbaf, whose political views have since evolved, re-creates this incident on screen with the help of the officer who survived the event. As the two appear in the film, playing themselves coaching young actors to reenact what took place, a labyrinth of fiction and nonfiction, conveyed in a nonlinear, elliptical style, addresses a tangled past and the befuddling nature of memory.