Longsome Autumn 1993
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During the reign of Reza Shah, an order gets issued to the Shahrbani (a law enforcement force in Iran at the time) to hold carnivals in all the cities. The people of Gorgan and Bandar Torkaman however, strongly disagree with this decision for it being in concurrence with the mourning of Muharram. Following a clash between the people and the government forces,state of siege is declared. The son and father of Major Arfa, an officer in exile get arrested. Meanwhile, a Mullah visits Gorgan incognito and informs the residents about Modarres’s martyrdom. Mullah Taher and a young guy named Forouz and some other young fellows start a secret residence group and murder the head of Shahrbani who was responsible for holding the carnivals. However a worse alternative gets chosen as the new head of Shahrbani by the government. Despite all the pressures, people hold the mourning rituals of Muharram, and since Major Arfa knows for sure that his son has been tortured to death by the Shahrbani forces, he murders the late head of the Shahrbani in attendance.