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No One Knows About Persian Cats

Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses) writes and directs this musical drama about two Iranian musicians (real-life performers Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad) trying to cobble together an indie rock band in order to score some much-coveted visas. Think the scrappy attitude of The Commitments, only with Persian rap songs instead of blue-eyed soul. Shot in dozens of actual illegal venues in ultraconservative Tehran, No One Knows About Persian Cats is a virtual primer on the Middle East's struggling modern music scene. In Persian with English subtitles. 101 minutes