Children Of Heaven

When young Ali accidentally loses the only pair of shoes his little sister Zahra owns, the siblings attempt to hide the bad news from their poverty-stricken father and ill mother. They devise a scheme to share Ali’s own pair of worn sneakers until they can find a new pair of shoes for Zahra. The film showcases both modern and tradition Tehran and portrays a loving family trying to do their best.


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Children of Heaven is a valuable resource for humanizing the people of Iran and building empathy through global education.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes.

Film rating: PG. Common Sense media rates this film as appropriate for ages 10+.

This film received a “Thumbs Up” review from Roger Ebert. Read it here.

Children of Heaven Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: The Islamic Republic of Iran (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: Viewing Children of Heaven (Media Literacy)
Lesson 3: Understanding Children of Heaven (Language/Visual Literacy)
Lesson 4: Perspectives on Iranian Culture (Film-specific Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 5: My Home is Tehran (Social Studies)
Lesson 6: Film as Storytelling (Media Literacy/Language Arts)
Lesson 7: Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes (General Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 8: Keeping Secrets (Mathematics)
Lesson 9: Iran: The Land of Earthquakes (Science)
Lesson 10: Persian Carpets (Art)

Children of Heaven was featured by Edutopia in Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization.

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