This directorial debut from Bahman Ghobadi earned a Camera d'Or award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. It portrays the struggles of an impoverished family of orphaned Kurdish children living on the Iranian-Iraqi border. The child actors are not professionals and are actually from the region depicted in the film. Led by the 12-year-old Ayoub, the children take work smuggling goods into Iraq, braving treacherous conditions and ruthless thieves as they cross the frozen hills on horseback. The goal of the family's harrowing endeavor is a surgery to save the life of their disabled brother, Madi. The harsh conditions necessitate the practice of giving alcohol to the horses to urge them to continue, which explains the film's odd title.