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Still shot from the movie: Children Of Heaven.

Children Of Heaven

Ali(Mir Farrokh Hashemian) is a responsible young boy living in Tehran, Iran. That is why he panics after losing his sister's shoes while running errands in the market. Knowing his family is too poor to replace he footwear, he and his sister Zahra (Bahare Seddiqi) decide to solve the problem by sharing Ali's pair of worn sneakers. But their secret is threatened by the many ensuing complications. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: A
Sexual Content: A
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 89
Theater Release: 21 Jan 1999
Video Release: 02 Sep 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why didn’t Ali want to tell his father that he had lost his sister’s shoes? What do you think his father would have done? How did his father’s attitude toward Ali change after they spent the day together looking for yard work?

Were the adults in Ali’s world interested in hearing about Ali’s problems? Do you (as a child) ever feel adults don’t care about what you have to say? What can a child do to help an adult understand that what they are saying is important?

Ali’s family is obviously poor, but what were some of the good things you noticed about his family? What was the one “modern” appliance that they did have? [A television.] What does this tell you about television and its influence on the world?

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