At an institute for blind children in Tehran, parents are arriving to pick up their children for summer vacation. But long after the other children have left with their families, 8-year-old Mohammad is still waiting for his father.
Just then, his father Hashem (Hossein Mahjub), a widowed coal worker, finally arrives, only to ask one of the teachers if his child could be allowed to stay at the school permanently. Turned down, he begrudgingly agrees to take Mohammad to their home. The bitter Hashem sees Mohammad as nothing but a burden.
Arriving at the family farm, Mohammad is lovingly greeted by his two happy-go-lucky sisters and beloved Granny. But little Mohammad's peace is threatened when his spiritually blind father fears that the boy will be an obstacle to his hopes of marrying a beautiful young woman from a strict Islamic family. Hashem follows through on his selfish plan to ship the boy off to live in another area of the country, where he is to become an apprentice to a blind carpenter.
At first Mohammad is devastated to be away from his family, and fearful that no one will ever love him because of his blindness. But gradually Mohammad adapts to his new environment. In addition to learning woodworking, he also learns spiritual lessons from his mentor, professing "God is not visible. He is everywhere, you can feel him. You can see with your hands."
But back at the farm, tensions between Granny and Mohammad's father are rising and eventually Granny falls ill. Mohammad's father's plans for remarriage are disrupted and he is forced to take responsibility of his son. But is it too late? Will Hashem act in time to see that his son has truly been touched by the hand of God?
Diretor: Majid Majidi
Screenplay: Majid Majidi
Cast: Mohsen Ramezani, Hossein Mahjub, Salime Feizi, Elham Sharim, Farahnaz Safari, Mohammad Rahmaney
Length: 90 minutes
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