Where Is the Friend's Home?

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Where Is the Friend's Home?
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Film poster
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Produced by Ali Reza Zarrin
Written by Abbas Kiarostami
Starring Babak Ahmadpour
Ahmad Ahmadpour
Cinematography Farhad Saba
Edited by Abbas Kiarostami
Release dates
Running time
83 min.
Country Iran
Language Persian

Where Is the Friend's Home? (Persian: خانه دوست کجاست‎, Khane-ye doust kodjast) is a 1987 Iranian film directed and written by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.[1] The title of the film was derived from a poem by Sohrab Sepehri. It is considered the first film in Kiarostami's Koker trilogy.

The film tells a deceptively simple account of a conscientious schoolboy's quest to return his friend's notebook in a neighboring village, since, should his friend fail to hand it in the next day, it is likely he will get expelled. Hence this film has been seen as a metaphor for the sense of civil duty, about loyalty and everyday heroics. The traditional beliefs of Iranian rural people are also shown in many parts of the movie.

The film is among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.


As he prepares to do his homework, Ahmed realizes that he accidentally brought home a notebook belonging to one of his classmates. Knowing that his friend may be expelled if he does not have the notebook in order to complete his homework, Ahmed goes looking for his classmate.



  1. ^ Mike Lorefice (2006). "Where Is the Friend's Home, Iran - 1987". metalasylum.com. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 

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