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Mani Haghighi

Mani Haghighi (born 1969 in Tehran) is an Iranian filmmaker, screen writer and actor. He is the grandson of the writer and filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan. Haghighi was educated at Appleby College, Ontario, then received a B.A. in philosophy, from McGill University, 1991, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Guelph, 1997 and an M.A. in cultural studies from Trent University, 2000. His second feature film, Men at Work, is considered a notable contribution to the Iranian cinema as well as world cinema. Its enigmatic comedy is akin to something out of Monty Python, and its most basic elements align it with Looney Tunes, and yet despite its absurdity Men at Work feels completely real and reasonable. Interestingly, Men at Work began as an idea conceived by Abbas Kiarostami, the eminent Iranian filmmaker who has, through his work, all but defined his country's place in world cinema.

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