Film Screening: Cinema of Childhood Tour

23 July 2014, 18:00 - 22:00

As part of the Cinema of Childhood tour, exploring issues of child development and well-being through film,Willow and Wind (2000) will be shown in the Picture Gallery, followed by a Q & A session and drinks reception. The event is in partnership with the Institute of Education.

Doors 18:00, screening 18:30, Q & A 20:00, reception 21:00.

Tickets £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends. Tickets are available through the Foundling Museum Eventbrite page, on 020 7841 3600 or in person from the Museum.


The Q & A panel will include:

Margaret O'Brien, Director, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education (Chair).

Caro Howell, Director, The Foundling Museum.

Dr. Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad, Senior Teaching Fellow (Iranian Cinema), SOAS.


The reception includes complimentary wine.


Curated by Mark Cousins, the Cinema of Childhood tour, in partnership with professional and academic institutions concerned with child well-being, aims to encourage through a series of screenings and discussions debate about childhood and its status in society.


Willow and Wind (2000) – original title, Beed-o baad – is an Iranian film by acclaimed director Mohammad-Ali Talebi and written by Abbas Kiarostami. It has been given 5 stars out of 5 by Peter Bradshaw, writing in the Guardian, and has been described by Neil McGlone as “a beautiful, compelling, mesmerising poetic metaphor for a country’s strength and resistance”. For more information on Willow and Windvisit the Cinema of Childhood website.


“A school window is broken, and kids can’t concentrate because the rain is getting in. The culprit isn’t allowed back into class until he mends it. He carries a large pane of glass across the countryside in a gale. The wind blows; but will he crack? In the hands of writer Abbas Kiarostami and director Mohammad-Ali Talebi, this simplest of stories becomes an epic quest, poetic and breathtakingly beautiful. It has big-hearted humanism, but Hitchcockian tension too. An edge-of-seat masterpiece. Unmissable.”


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