CHILDREN OF THE PROPHET follows four different groups of people in today's Teheran. For non-orthodox youngsters, the Moharram is mainly an opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex. A middle-aged woman and her female friends put their energy into the preparation of an enormous feast. Young religious men come closer to each other during this major event, ending in the Day of Ashura, known for its traditional flagellation ritual. The tragic background of Moharram (the death of Imam Hossein and his seventy-two companions) comes alive through the vivid storytelling of an old Dervish. CHILDREN OF THE PROPHET looks at the Moharram from the perspective of average citizens of Tehran. People are careful but surprisingly open to talk about politics. Now and then, the friction between tradition and modern times raises a smile.
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A wonderful look at the most holy religious festival in the Moslem Shia's doctrine, Ashura. What is particularly fascinating about the treatment is it's different point of views and meaning of Ashura to different classes of Iranian society. What was missing though is the extreme or fundamental point of view which could have added to colors of Ashura and dispelled stereotypes. Overall its a great documentary.