Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame

Synopsis: A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is thrown out by the teacher, because helping her prevented him from coming in time. - It must not go unnoticed that the schoolgirls and the female teacher are likewise hostile toward this girl. None of them want her in the classroom. On her way home she and other girls are taken as prisoners by boys playing talibans. They tear her school book to pieces (or rather what was left of it after the schoolgirls had done the same thing.) The "taliban boys" threaten to stone their girl prisoners (although in this movie there is little real physical violence against girls). The girl's attempts end in complete failure. (Whatever moods of the scenes throughout the entire movie, the acting by the central girl is really impressive.)
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Hana Makhmalbaf
Production: Bir Film
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Subtitle English Translation kouVou


Eh kid didn't I tell you not

to come here?

Our cave is dark.

I can't study there.

You're waking up my daughter!

Go back to your cave!

Why are you shouting?

Your son woke up my daughter!

Come, let's go to our cave!

Tie up your daughter and don't scream!

You tie up your son!

My daughter isn't a chicken to tie her up!

I'm going to tie you up!

That way I won't listen to

her voice!

Here you are... Light!

Go and read!

I'm going to get water.

Don't go and play with Abbas.

Stay here and take care of the baby.

Read lower.

The baby is sleeping.


The baby is sleeping!

Don't you understand?

Of course you don't!

Mom tied up my leg.

I can't leave.

Abbas, quite!

The baby is sleeping!

I'm talking to you!

Lower your voice!

You are jealous because

you can't read.

Why to be jealous?

You are a little aunt.

Unable to go to school

I know how to read.

No you don't.

Come and read!

-I know how... but I won't

-If you can... read the book.

If I'll read, I'll wake up the baby.

Come and read.

You can't read!

Can you?

-Do you know how to read;

-I do....

Tree, pail, house...

You hold it upside-down.






One man...

Two men...

This isn't reading.

Read the words

not the pictures.

-Pomegranate, pencil

-Here, I'm going to read the words.

A man was sleeping under

a tree.

A nut fall on his head.

The men stood up and said:

''Fortunately it was not a pumpkin.

Otherwise it would have killed me.''

A man was sleeping under a tree

A nut fall on his head.

The man stood up scared and said:

''Fortunately it was not a pumpkin.

Otherwise it would have killed me.''

Read more Abbas.

A man was sleeping under a tree

A nut fall on his head.

The man stood up scared and said:

''Fortunately it was not a pumpkin.''

''Otherwise it would have killed me.''

Abbas will you take me with

you at school?

You neither have a note-book

nor a pencil

I'm going to take money from

my mother and I will buy one.

I'm going to buy a note-book.

Don't cry!

I'm going to school.

I'll be late.

Mom where are you?

Mom where are you?

Mom come here!

Come to catch me!

I fell down!


-Have you seen my mom?

-I don't know your mom.

-Have you seen my mom?

-No I haven't

I thought that you were tied up.

Go back home.

-What note-books do you have?

-What would you like

Two with lines

and two with blank pages.

One with blank pages

Anything else?

Two black and two

red pencils

Have you got eraser and

pencil sharpener?

Give me one.

Give me the red one

Here you are.

What would you like little girl?

-How much for a note book?

-Ten rupees

-Would you like to go to school?


You need a pencil sharpener, eraser

and pencils for the school

-Have you got any money?

-No, but mom will give me.

Ten rupees for the note book

The sharpener and the eraser

twenty rupees.

Go and get money from mom

-Will you close the shop?

-No I'm going to stay a little more

Mom where are you? I need money

to buy a note book


Mom, I'm falling down!

Catch me!

I'm falling!

Mom, I'm falling!

Catch me, I'm falling!

Did you get money from your mom?

I couldn't find her

Take something from your house

and sell it at the market

-Have you got potatoes?




Sell four eggs and buy

pencil and note book

-Will you buy four eggs?

-How many eggs do you need?

-Will you buy my eggs?

-I've got plenty of eggs

I want to exchange eggs

for a note book.

I want to go to school with Abbas

Did you get money from mom?

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