The Bread and Alley

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The Bread and Alley
Screenshot from the film
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Written by Abbas Kiarostami
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
10 minutes
Country Iran
Language No dialogue

The Bread and Alley (Persian: نان و کوچه‎‎, Nān o Kūcheh) is a 1970 Iranian short film directed and written by Abbas Kiarostami. The ten-minute film was the first film directed by Kiarostami.

Shot in black and white, the film tells the story of a little boy walking home with a loaf of bread who is confronted by a hungry dog, placing his safety at risk.


Returning from an errand to buy bread, a boy finds a menacing dog blocking his way through the alley he must pass to get home. Frightened by the dog's barking, he asks various passers-by for help but no-one pays him any attention, and he must find a solution all by himself: he throws the dog a piece of bread and, while the animal is devouring it, he continues on his way home.

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