Children of Heaven (1997)
Ali fetches his little sister Zahra’s pink shoes after the shoemaker has repaired them. Ali puts down the shoes to get some potatoes at the grocer’s. While he is preoccupied, a blind garbageman accidentally picks up the shoes, hidden in a bag, and takes them away. Frantic to find them, the young boy knocks over crates of vegetables and is chased away by the grocer.
Ali’s family is having financial trouble, so he fears to tell his parents. The landlord argues with Ali’s mother because she is five months behind on the rent, and the grocer has not been paid in a while either. Ali tells Zahra about the shoes and begs her not to tell their mother; she agrees. That night, Ali’s father scolds him for not helping his ill mother when she asked. While the siblings were doing their homework, they passed notes to each other discussing what to do. They devise a scheme to share Ali’s Converse sneakers: Zahra will wear them to school in the morning and return them to Ali at midday so he can attend afternoon classes. This uncomfortable arrangement leads to Ali being late three times in a row, no matter how hard he runs; the first time the principal ignores him, the second time he gives him a warning, the third time he tells Ali to leave and return with his father. Ali’s teacher persuades the principal to give the boy one more chance and let him back into class. Ali does well on a test and the teacher awards him a gold-colored pen; he gives it to Zahra to partially make up for losing her shoes.
One day, Zahra notices her missing pink shoes on another student’s feet. After class, Zahra secretly follows her home. She later brings Ali with her for a confrontation, but from hiding, they discover that the other girl’s father is blind (none other than the garbageman who picked up the shoes by mistake), so they decide to leave. When the other student does well in her studies, her father buys her new purple shoes and throws away Zahra’s. Zahra is dismayed when she finds out from her new friend.
Starring: Amir Farrokh, Hashemian, Bahare, Seddiqi.