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H ollywood has the Coppola family as its iconic tribe of auteurs, bound together by blood and talent. The Middle East has the Makhmalbaf Family, helmed by Iran’s Mohsen Makhmalbaf — the patriarchal founder of that country’s first film school. His family are all graduates of the Makhmalbaf Film School: his wife, Marziyeh (screenwriter and director), his two daughters, Samira and Hana (ditto), and his son, Maysam (photographer and producer).

In 1998, Samira made an astounding feature debut with “Apple” at the age of 21, and now her sister, Hana, who at 19 was the youngest filmmaker in the Makhmalbaf clan, has delivered “Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame,” a provocatively titled fable depicting the ugliness of a world ripped to shreds by war and terrorism.

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