Two-Legged Horse

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Two-Legged Horse

(Asbe du-pa)

by Samira Makhmalbaf




Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Script: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cinematographer: Farzad Jodat

Editing: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Music: Tolibkhon Shahidi

Cast: Ziya Mirza Mohamad, Haron Ahad, Gol-Ghotai, Khojeh Nader, Yasin Tavildar

Production: Makhmalbaf Film House, Wild Bunch

Wild Bunch
99 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2008

35 mm, Colour, 97 min, 
OV Farsi, Uzbek with French Subtitles

Jury Special Mention - San Sebastian Film Festival 2008

French Premiere


In order to get a job, the boy has to participate in a contest with other poor children. The boy, in exchange for one dollar a day as wages, has to carry a lame boy - who lost his legs in war- on his back. He takes him to school every day and brings him back. When he carries the lame boy on his back, he races with donkeys and horses in the street.

“I want to know how far a relationship between two people can go. On one hand, two people go all the way to ultimate love and friendship and sacrifice for each other, and on the other hand one exploits the other like an animal. Meanwhile, through this film I attempt to discover the edge of human tolerance and how much can a human bear to meet his need and become transformed. Let's ask ourselves how many times did we become somebody else's horse? Or used someone as our horse?”

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