Siah Bâzi (46 min.): "Siah Bâzi [are] theater troupes similar to Commedia dell'arte, traditionally performed at weddings and parties, led by men and women in full harlequin garb, making impromptu skits peppered with subtle commentary on current events and politics. When Tehran's troupe faces the closing of their 400-year-old theater due to changing cultural shifts, the performers face uncertain futures as truck drivers and tea-servers. 'Siah Bâzi: the joy makers' offers a look at how folkloric entertainment is challenged by modern political and economic changes in Tehran."--Container. Shadi (58 min.): "A companion film to 'Siah Bâzi.' Moved by the plight of the 'Joy Makers,' world-renowned French stage director Ariane Mnouchkine invites the acting troupe to perform with her Parisian avant-garde improvisational stage ensemble, Théâtre du Soleil. The documentary follows young comedic actress Shadi as she battles for her domineering husband's permission to travel outside Iran for the first time, and later finds herself caught between the differing artistic visions of her Iranian director and Mnouchkine while performing in Paris."--Container.