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Secret Ballot

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Source: Catholic News Service

Savvy political satire about democratic elections in Iran, which follows an eager female election official and a bored male solider as they travel around a desert island in search of voters. By juxtaposing the barren landscape of his native country with the political opinions of different Iranians, writer-director Babak Payami questions if democracy in Iran is pointless for rural, tradition-bound peasants who doubt any central government will understand their local problems. Subtitles. Complicated political themes. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences.

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