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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

8 – 15 OCT 2022

Sun Children

Original title: Khorshid
German title: Sun Children
99 min
Junior Film
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 12 years
2021 | Chemnitz Festival Premiere
Direction: Majid Majidi


2021 | Junior Film

Additional Information

Time and again, Ali and his three friends get involved in shady dealings. The children are swift and do not attract attention. Crooks take advantage of these qualities. One day, an old man approaches Ali. He promises him money, freedom, and a home for his mother, who is in a psychiatric hospital. In return, the boy is to find a treasure hidden in the drainage duct under the cemetery. The only access leads through the “Sun School” – an institution that takes care of the city's street boys and offers them the chance of a new life. The four children manage to be admitted to the overcrowded school and secretly start digging in the basement of the building. Ali is particularly persistent, so he soon becomes the leader of the “grave robbers”. When the others realise that their new school could really promote them, they increasingly distance themselves from the project and from Ali – until he too questions the sense of his undertaking