Filmography of BAHMAN GHOBADI

Bahman Ghobadi was born on September 2nd, 1968 in Baneh, a city near the Iran-Iraq border in the province of Kurdistan, Iran. He was the first son in a family of seven siblings. He lived in Baneh until, at the age of 12, civil disputes caused his entire family to immigrate to Sanandaj, the center of Kurdistan Province in Iran. After graduating from high school in Sanandaj, Ghobadi moved to Tehran in 1992. He started his artistic career in the field of Industrial Photography. Though he attended the Iranian Broadcasting College, he never graduated. Rather than following a formal curriculum, he believed the only way he could learn the craft of cinema was by tirelessly making short films. Using 8mm film, his starting point was to shoot a series of short documentaries.

Through his instinctive and hands-on approach to filmmaking, Ghobadi developed a unique style, soon gaining widespread local recognition. A breakthrough came with “Life in a Fog” (1999), one of the most acclaimed shorts ever made in Iran. Following this success, Bahman Ghobadi went on to make A Time for Drunken Horses” (2000) – the first feature-length Kurdish film in the history of Iran. In the wake of being awarded several different International Awards, Ghobadi attracted international attention and established himself as a pioneer of Kurdish cinema.

This film and all subsequent made by Ghobadi (among others, “Half Moon”, 2004, and “Turtles Can Fly”, 2006) were widely praised at film festivals the world over, gathering dozens of awards, but were little or not seen in his native country. In 2009, Ghobadi completed “No One Knows About Persian Cats”- a semi- documentary about the underground indie music scene in Tehran, filmed in Iran without an official permit and in very restricted conditions. After that, he had to leave Iran and continue working abroad. In 2012 he made „Rihno season”, which was shot in Istanbul. His latest work- „A Flag Without A Country” (2015) is a Kurdish documentary-fiction with action in Erbil, Iraqi-Kurdistan.

Feature films:

2015 Life on the Border

  • A documentary made by eight children from Kobani and Shengal in refugee camps on the border of Syria and Iraq, who recorded their own life experiences and stories in the wake of brutal attacks by ISIS.
  • Production: MijFilm
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Directed by: Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, Delovan Kekha, Hazem Khodeideh, Diar Omar, Zohour Saeid, Basmeh Soleiman
  • Duration: 73 minutes
  • Collaborating director: Nemati Shaho, Mohammad Toriwarian
  • Music: Babak Mirzakhani, Rebin Tabak
  • Sound editor: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Sound mixer: Shaho Nemati
  • Sound: Mohammad Toriwarian
  • Edition: Shabnam Hosseini
  • Visual effects: Saman Majd Vafaei
  • Production manager: Shaho Nemati
  • Production coordinator: Golriz Ehtiati
  • Technical advisor: Hamid Ghavami, Omid Rastbin, Mohammad Torevarian, Bijan Zmanpira
  • With special thanks to: Pouria Heidary Oureh

2015 A Flag without a Country

  • A Flag Without A Country” is a Kurdish documentary-fiction dually following the stories of Helly Luv and Nariman from Kurdistan. Both, Helly Luv and Nariman pursue to be a source of strength to their society; a society that perpetually deals with the harsh conditions of life, war and ISIS attacks.Helly Luv is a Kurdish pop-singer. She wants to promote Kurdistan and bring it into international attention while at the same time she is wanting to give to the Kurdish people an icon and a sense of community.Nariman is a pilot, who in an accident broke his leg and consequently can no longer fly. He runs a pilot school for the children of Kurdistan, but the parents of some of the children are hesitant to send their kids after hearing of the accident. Nariman is insistent and together with the children they build a civil plane for Kurdistan.As the two stories intertwine, the difficult conditions of Kurdistan unravel and provide a background to both, Nariman and Helly Luv’s pursuit to support their society
  • Production: Mijfilm
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi.
  • Written and directed by: Bahman Ghobadi.
  • Duration: 93 minutes
  • Produced in: Iraqi-Kurdistan
  • Director of the photography: Jafar Aslani
  • Music: Bahman Ghobadi, Ashkan Kooshanejad, Vedat Yildirim, Bajar and Kardes Turkler, Huseyin Karabey, Lawje
  • Sound recorder: Mohammad Towrivarian
  • VFX supervisor: Farbod Khoshtinat
  • Production Manager: Milad Fezollah Beigi
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Line Producer: Golriz Ehtiati
  • Cast: Nariman Anwar, Helly Luv
  • Festival screenings: 20th Busan Film Festival 2015
    Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015
    Sundance Film festival 2016
    22nd Vilnius Film Festival 2016
    Edinburgh International Film festival 2016
    Munich International Film festival 2016

2012 Rhino Season

  • A haunting love story that spans three decades, Rhino Season is based on the tragic story of a Kurdish poet and family friend of Ghobadi’s who was unjustly incarcerated during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. The victim of a personal vendetta, Sahel (Behrouz Vossoughi) is thrown into prison along with his devoted wife Mina (Monica Bellucci). Inexplicably released after serving a ten-year sentence, Mina is informed by the authorities that Sahel is dead. Heartbroken, she and her two children leave Iran for Istanbul — unknowingly leaving behind her very-much-alive husband, who is forced to stay in prison for another twenty years. Finally released, Sahel sets out to find his wife, the memory of whom was the only thing that had sustained him throughout his agonizing ordeal. But after clinging to an intangible vision for so many years, what kind of reality awaits him now?
  • Production: MIJ FILM, BKM FILM
  • Written, directed and produced by: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Duration: 104 minutes
  • International sales: WILD BUNCH
  • Festival distribution: MIJ FILM
  • Cinematographer: Touraj Aslani
  • Editor: Valerie Loiseleux
  • Sound: Thomas Robert
  • Music: Kayhan Kalhor
  • Production designers: Bahman Ghobadi, Ali Daryai
  • Cast:
  • Behrouz Vossoughi
  • Monica Bellucci
  • Yilmaz Erdogan
  • Caner Cindoruk
  • Beren Saat
  • Belçim Bilgin
  • Arash Labaf
  • Ali Pourtash
  • Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan
  • Awards: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 2012
    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS, NOVEMBER 2012
    BRONZ FROG FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY- PLUS CAMERIMAGE, DECEMBER 2012
  • Festival Screenings: TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPECIAL PRESENTATION, CANADA, SEPTEMBER 2012
    SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, IN COMPETITION, SPAIN, SEPTEMBER 2012
    BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, GALA PRESENTATION, SOUTH KOREA, OCTOBER 2012
    CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MAIN COMPETITION, USA, OCTOBER 2012
    FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA CANADA, PRESENTATION SPECIALE, OCTOBER 2012
    THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FILMMAKER IN FOCUS, GREECE, NOVEMBER 2012
    TALINN BLACK NIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, OFFICIAL COMPETITION, ESTONIA NOVEMBER 2012
    ASIAN PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS, COMPETITION, AUSTRALIA, NOVEMBER 2012
    WORLD CINEMA ALE KINO, POLAND, NOVEMBER 2012
    CAMERIMAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, IN COMPETITION, POLAND, NOVEMBER 2012
    MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, HORS-COMPETITION, MAROCCO, DECEMBER 2012
    TOKYO FILMEX INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPECIAL SCREENINGS, JAPAN, DECEMBER 2012
    GOTEBURG INTERNATIONA FILM FESTIVAL, MASTER SCREENINGS, SWEDEN, JANUARY 2013
    FESTIVAL OF FILMS FROM IRAN, BOSTON, HOUSTON WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 2013
    ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SIGNALS: INSIDE IRAN, JANUARY 2013
    JAMESON DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, UNITED KINGDOM, FEBRUARY 2013
    KOSMORAMA TRONDHEIM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, NORWAY, APRIL 2013
    THIRD IRANIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013

2009 No One Knows About Persian Cats

  • Synopsis: After having been released from jail, a young girl and boy roam the heart of Tehran. Their mission is to form a new band. These two gallant youngsters will start a journey through Tehran’s musical undergound and recrute, one by one, their new band members. Their dream is to leave Iran and perform at music festivals in London and Paris. Having no money, nor passport, they turn to the street-smart people of the city. Eventually getting help to obtain a fake passport, their fantasy might just come true. But they will leave only under one condition- that they will be able to perform for their people, for the first and last time.
  • Production: MIJFILM
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Directed by: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Written by: Bahman Ghobadi, Hossein M. Abkenar and Roxana Saberi
  • Duration: 106 minutes
  • International sales: WILD BUNCH
  • Cinematographer: Touradj Aslani
  • Edit: Hayedeh Safiyari
  • Programming: Sepehr Mikaeilian
  • Director Assistants: Mehdi Pourmusa, Sepehr Mikaeilian and Batin Ghobadi
  • Sound Engineer: Nezamedin Kiaei
  • Sound Mix: Bahman Ardalan
  • Production Manager: Behrooz Ghobadi
  • Cast
  • Negar Shaghaghi
  • Ashkan Koushanejad
  • Hamed Behdad
  • Babak Mirzakhan
  • Festival Screenings: Festival De Cannes from 13 to 24 May- Un Certain Regard- France 2009
    Helsinki International Filmfestival, 17th – 27th September
    San Sebastian Film festival 18th – 26th September‎, Spain 2009‎
    Hamburg Film festival 24th September ‎3rd October, Germany 2009
    38th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 7th – 18th October Canada‎ 2009‎
    38th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal Canada, 7th – 18th October 2009
    14th Pusan, Korea, 8th -16th October 2009
    Middle East International Film festival 8th – 17th October, EAU, ‎2009‎
    London Film festival 14th -29th October, UK,‎ 2009‎
    Doha Tribeca Film Festival, October 29 – November‎1, Qatar, 2009‎
    Kurdish Film Festival, 21th-25th October, NY, USA, 2009
    Cpenhagen Film festival, 6th-15th November, Denmark, 2009
    Screening Mars Company, Paris, 16th – 20th November
    Stockholm Film festival, 16th-20th November, Sweden, 2009
    Tokyo Filmex Film Festival, 21th-29th November, Japan, 2009
    4th Kurdish Film Festival, Frankfurt, Germany, 26th-29th November 2009
    13th Tallinn Blach Nights Film festival, 1st November 6th December 2009
    Screening days Mars company, Paris, 9th-11th December
    The International Film Festival of Kerala, India, 11th – 18th December 2009, as Jury
    Cinéart, Brussels, Belgium, 10th – 11th of January 2010
    Rotterdam Film festival, 30th Jan- 7 february,
    FILM MIDDLE EAST NOW film festival, Florence, Italy, 3 to 7 February
    International independent film festiva, Turkey Istanbul, 20-21 February 2009
    W&M’s 2010 Global Film Festival: Film and Music, USA, 18-21 February
    2010 Cape Winelands Film Jury in Cape Town, 17 – 27 March 2009, Jury
    Amnesty International’s Movies that Matter Festival – The Hague, Netherlands, 25th – 31st March
    3rd edition of the “without borders” film festival, Rome at casa del cinema Italy, July 7,8,9, 2010

2006 Halfmoon

  • Mamo, an old renowned Kurdish musician, has begun a journey to Iraq with his sons to perform a concert after the fall of Saddam Hossein. Kako, a middle-aged man and a huge fan of Mamo’s, enthusiastically escorts them in an orange minibus which he has borrowed from a friend. Mamo gathers his sons one by one from different areas. The last son who joins the team insists on speaking to Mamo in private. He explains to Mamo that the Wise man of the village has predicted that Mamo should not go on the trip because, as the full moon nears, something awful will happen to him. Mamo persists on continuing his journey. He claims that he must continue his trip despite all the obstacles because he was not allowed to perform in Iraq for many years. Mamo intends to take Hesho, a female singer who lives with 1334 other women in exile, as part of his team. But the strength of Hesho’s voice has dwindled along with her self confidence. While crossing the borders, Mamo’s team faces many difficulties as their journey is wrought with adventure and disaster each step of the way.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Written and directed by: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Duration: 114 minutes
  • Year: 2006
  • Produceed in: Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran, Austria
  • International sales: Match Factory (Germany)
  • This film is part of the New Crowned Hope Festival
  • Produced by Wiener Festwochen, Vienna Mozart Year 2006
  • Telekom Austria JCDecaux – www.newcrownedhope.org
  • Co-Scenarist: Behnam Behzadi
  • With thanks to: Kambozia Partovi
  • Director of Photography: Nigel Blْuck
  • Additional Photography: Chrighton Bone
  • Music Composed by: Hossein Alizadeh
  • Sound Designed, Recorded and Edited by: Bahman Ardalan
  • Edited by: Hayedeh Safiyari
  • Art Directors: Bahman Ghobadi, Mansooreh Yazdanjoo
  • Make-up Artist: Mehrdad Mirkiani
  • Programmer and 1st Assistant Directors: Amin Mahdavi, Jalal Saedpanah
  • Director’s Crew: Hamid Ghavami, Omid Rastbin, Hamid Karimi
  • Script: Golkou Parhizgar
  • Art Director’s Assistant: Mehdi Poormoosa
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Mansoor Zohoori
  • 2nd Assistant Camera: Bahman Nadyab
  • Camera Crew: Farzad Mojtahedzadeh, Atef Amiri, Jafar Aslani
  • Assistant Editors: Shabnam Hosseini, Mahmood Ghaffari
  • Composer’s Assistant: Ali Boustan
  • Titles: Mahmood Ghaffari
  • Set Photographer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Behind the Scenes: Sophie Leguenedal
  • Dolby Mix: Masood Behnam, Hamid Naghibi
  • Sound Assistants: Babak Ardalan, Mansoor Shahbazi
  • Mix Assistants: Hossein Mafi, Ali Abolsedq
  • Make-up Assistants: Reza Arabi, Elham Atiabi
  • International Affairs: Mohamad Reza Safiri
  • Line Producers: Hedieh Tehrani, Abbas Ghazali
  • Associate Producer: Behrooz Hashemian
  • Executive Producer: Simon Field, Keith Griffiths
  • Production Managers in iran: Behrooz Ghobadi, Jalil Shabani
  • Production Supervisor: Hosein Sabzi
  • Sound Studio: Studio Bahman, Studio Saint Louen Paris
  • Music Studio: Studio Dohol, Reza Askarzadeh
  • Film Lab: Iran Centre of Film Services & Industries
  • Cast:
  • Ismail Ghaffari: Mamo
  • Allah Morad Rashtiani: Kako
  • Farzin Sabooni
  • Kambiz Arshi
  • Sadiq Behzadpoor
  • Ali Ashraf Rezai
  • Reza Haj Khosravi
  • Mohamad Nahid
  • Bahram Zarei
  • Hedieh Tehrani: Heshow
  • Golshifteh Farahani: Niwemang
  • Hassan Poorshirazi: Police Officer
  • Awards: The Golden Shell (the top prize) from the 54th San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, 2006
    The Best Director of Photography Award from the 54th San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, 2006
    The Jury Award (FIPRESCI) for the Best Screenplay from the 54th San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, 2006
    People’s Choice Award in the International Competition from 26th Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey, April 2007
    The Amnesty International Award from 4th IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Portugal, April 2007
    Honorable Mention for Screenplay from the Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA, May 2007
    The Keys of the city from Umbria Film Festival, Italy, July 2007
    Grand Prize of 4th Eurasia International Film Festival, Kazakhstan, October 2007
    Jury Award from 8th Ojai international Film festival, 4th – 7th October 2007, CA, U.S.A
    The critic, Michael Atkinson, Selected Half Moon as a one of the best Movie in 2008.
  • Festival Screenings: Toronto International Film Festival, September 7th – 16th, 2006, Canada
    San Sebastian International Film Festival, September 21st – 30th, 2006, Spain, Section: Competition
    Reykjavik International Film Festival, September 28th – October 8th, 2006, Iceland: Retrospective
    Pusan International Film Festival, 11th – 20th October, 2006, Korea: Competition
    Sao Paolo International Film Festival, 20th October – 2nd November, 2006, Brazil
    Cineuropa Festival, Santiago de Compostela, 2nd – 30th November, 2006, Spain: Retrospective
    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 10th -24th November, 2006, Taiwan
    Filmex International Film Festival, 17th – 26th November, 2006, Japan: Competition
    New Crowned Hope Festival, Vienna, 14th November to 13th December, 2006, Austria
    28th International Festival of New Latin-American Cinema (Havana), Panorama Contemporary International Section, 5th – 15th December, 2006, Cuba
    4th London Kurdish Film Festival, December 8th, 2006
    36th Rotterdam International Film Festival, Time & Tide Section, 24th January – 4th February, 2007, Netherlands
    3rd Adelaid Film Festival, 23rd February – 4th March, 2007, Australia: Competition
    Miami International Film Festival 2nd – 11th March, 2007, USA
    Cinema Novo Bruges, 8th – 18th March, 2007, Belgium: New Crowned Hope
    National Film Festival Copenhagen, 23rd March – 1st April, 2007, Denmark: New Crowned Hope
    31st Hong Kong International Film Festival, 20th March – 11 April, 2007, China
    Istanbul International Film Festival, 31st March – 14th April, 2007, Turkey: Competition
    Munich Fiilm Museum, 10th – 25 April, 2007, Germany: New Crowned Hope
    3rd Bucharest International Film Festival, Bucharest, 14th – 21st April, 2007, Romania: Competition
    4th International Independent Film Festival, Indialisboa, 19th – 29th April, 2007, Portugal: New Crowned Hope
    15th Open Doek Film Festival 19th – 29th April, 2007, Belgium
    Tribeca Film Festival, New York, 25th April – 6th May, 2007, USA: Competition
    Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, 1st June – 4th June, 2007, Germany
    Sydney International Film Festival, 8th June – 24th June, 2007, Australia
    Midnight Sun Film Festival, 13th June – 17 June, 2007, Finland
    28th Durban International Film Festival, 20th June – 1st July, 2007, South Africa: Competition
    Los Angeles Film Festival 21st June – 1st July 2007 USA
    Libertia Film Festival, Dubronville, 29th June – 4th July, 2007, Croatia
    Festival de Granada ,Cines Del Sur, 9 – 17 June, 2007, Spain
    Umbria Film Festival, 4th July – 8th July, 2007, Italy
    The Barbican London NCH Program, 14 July – 19 July, 2007, UK
    ERA New Horizons, 19th July – 29th July, 2007, Poland
    39th Auckland International Film Festival, 13th – 29th July, 2007, New Zealanders
    36th Wellington Film Festival, 20th July – 5th August, 2007, New Zealanders
    Melbourne International Film Festival, 25th July – 12 August, 2007, Australia
    Santiago International Film Festival, 14th – 20th August, 2007, Chile
    Sarajevo Film Festival, 17th – 25th August, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    ICA Film Festival, July 2007, Britain
    International arts beauty musium Film,Boston,America,29th Aguest-6th September 2007
    Alexandria Film festival, 4th – 10th September, 2007, Egypt
    10th High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Iran Cinema, July 2007, Gorjia
    4th Eurasia Film Festival, 23rd – 29th September 2007, Kazakhstan
    17th Oslo Films from South Festival, 4th – 11th October 2007, Norway
    8th Ojai international Film festival, 4th – 7th October 2007, CA, U.S.A
    the 1th kurdish Film Festival of Paris, 24th – 30th October 2007, France
    8th Asiaticafilmmediale, 17th – 25th November, 2007, Rome, Italy
    Black nights Film Festival, 15th November- 9th December 2007, Tallinn, Estonia
    Ale kino Film festival, 7th- 15th December 2007, Poland
    Prague International Film Festival, Febiofest, 27th March – 4th April 2008
    Taitanic International Film Festival, Budapest, 3rd-13th April 2008
    5th Annual Kurdish Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 24th May- 1st June 2008
    54th Flaherty International Film Seminar 21-27 June, 2008, NY
    Musuem of Modern Art (Moma) 27-7 July, 2008, NY
    7th International Nueva Mirada (New approach) 4th-10th September, 2008, Buenos Aires Argentina
    Third Manchester Kurdish Film Festival 20th – 24th September, 2008, Manchester UK
    Etnia Film Festival 9th -12th October, 2008, Turku, Finland
    7th Asian Film Festival, Third Eye, Mumbai, 16th – 23th Oct, India
    3rd International Film Festival of Kelara, 12th – 19th December, India
    Iranian Film Festival in Laval-Mayenne, 10-24 March, France
    Universities, Art and Cinema Foundations
    BAM Rose 4 Cinemas Jacob Entertainment Inc., 6th August 2007, Brooklyn, NY
    Museum of Fine Arts Theater, 29th August to 6th September 2007, Boston, Massachusetts
    High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Iran Cinema, 15th September 2007, Atlanta, Georgia
    Wexner Center for the Arts, 20th to 21st September 2007, Columbus, OH
    Gene Siskel Film Center, 6th to 7th October 2007, Chicago, IL
    Pacific Film Archives, 18th to 20th October 2007, Berkeley, CA
    Cleveland Museum of Art, 26th to 28th October, Cleveland, OH
    Rehoboth Beach Film Society, 7th and 11th November 2007, Rehoboth Beach, DE
    Honolulu Academy of Arts, 10th to 14th November 2007, Honolulu, HI
    Plaza Cinemas 14 in the Downtown Ctr. for the Arts, 19th November, Oxnard, CA
    Hippodrome State Theater, 14th to 20th December 2007, Gainesville, FL
    ImaginAsia New York, 20th December 2007, New York, NY
    The ImaginAsia Center, 28th December 2007 to 3rd January 2008, Los Angeles, CA
    Denison Museum, 22nd January 2008, Granville, OH
    Paramount Center for the Arts, 24th to 30th January 2008, Peekskill, NY
    Pacific Film Resources Tivoli Manor Square, 25th to 31st January 2008, Kansas City, MO
    University of Richmond, 8th to 10th February 2008, Richmond, VA
    Hollywood Triplex at the Paulson Theater Service, 15th to 21st February 2008, Portland, OR
    Utica College of Syracuse University, 13th March 2008, Utica, NY
    Buffalo Theater at Bennett Street Films, 16th to 17th March 2008, Buffalo, WY
    Duke University, 2nd April 2008, Durham, NC
    Cinema Dept. of Binghamton University, 4th to 6th April 2008, Binghamton, NY
    The MacMillan Center of Yale University, 10th April 2008, New Haven, CT

2004 Turtles Can Fly

  • Synopsis: The film is set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq. Thirteen-year-old boy is known as “Satellite” for his installation of satellite dishes and antennas for local villagers looking for news of Saddam Hussein and the impending war. He is the dynamic leader of the children, organizing the dangerous but necessary sweeping and clearing of the minefields, and then arranges trade-ins for the unexploded mines.Satellite falls for an unlikely orphan named Agrin, a sad-faced girl traveling with her disabled but smart brother Henkov, who appears to have the gift of clairvoyance. The siblings are taking care of a three-year-old, whose connection to the pair is discovered when a harsh truth about these children are revealed.
  • Production: Mijfilm
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Written and directed by: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Duration: 98 minutes
  • Director of Photography: Shahryar Assadi
  • Assistant of Writer: Mohammad Reza Kateb, Sepideh Shamlou
  • Planner and Assistant Director: Shahram Shah Hosseini
  • Second Assistant of Director: Jalal Saed Panah
  • Production: Hamid Ghavami, Batin Ghobadi, Hamid Karimi, Babak Amini
  • Script Supervisor: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Back Stage Cinematography: Abedin Ali Veisi
  • Photos: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Digital Editing: Geranaz Moussavi
  • Music: Hossein Ali Zadeh
  • Music Recording: Reza Asgar zadeh, Dohol Studio
  • Editing: Mostafa khergheh Poosh, Hayedeh Safi Yari
  • Assistant Producer: Bahram Sarbazi
  • Camera Assistant: Davoud Amiri
  • Cinematography Crew: Ali Kani, Ayoub Ahmadi, Toufan Hemmat
  • Sound Recorder: Bahman Ardalan
  • Mix: Masoud Behnam, Hamid Naghibi
  • Mixing Studio: Paris Sanoten Studio
  • Sound Studio: Bahman Studio
  • Executive Producer: Abbas Ghazali
  • Production Manager in Iraq: Sheyk Mohammad Sadegh Sourchi
  • Editing Studio: Ourouj Film
  • Cast:
  • Avaz Latif: Agrin
  • Soran Ebrahim: Satteliet
  • Saddam Hossein Feysal: Pasheo
  • Hiresh Feysal Rahman: Hangao
  • Abdol Rahman Karim: Rega
  • Ajil Zibari: Shirko
  • Awards: The Golden Shell (The Top Prize) from the 52nd San Sebastian Film Festival
    The Jury Award for the Best Screenplay from the 52nd San Sebastian Film Festival
    Silver Hugo- Special Jury Prize from the 40th Chicago Film Festival
    The Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award from the 33rd Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal
    Special Audience Award from the 28th Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Special Jury Prize from the 5th Tokyo Filmex Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
    Agnès B. Audience Award from the 5th Tokyo Filmex Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
    Special Audience Award from the Asiaticafilmmediale Film Festival, Rome, Italy
    The Best Director of Photography Prize from the International Festival of Auteur Films which, held from 20th to 27th of November in Belgrade
    Mercedes Most Moving Award from the 19th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Florida, U.S.A
    The Aurora Prize from Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway
    The Best Audience Award from the 34th Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2005
    Special Mention from the 28th Kinderfilmfest/14 Plus of the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
    The Peace Film Award from Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, 2005
    La Pieze Award from The Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO), Mexico, 2005
    The Public Award from The Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO), Mexico, 2005
    The Audience Award from the 19th Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland, 2005
    The E-Changer Award from the 19th Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland, 2005
    The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 23rd San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, United States
    The Premio citta’di Milano and a Special Mention at the 15th African, Asian, and Latin American Film Festival
    The Audience and Distribution Prize at the 16th NatFilm Festival in Denmark
    The SIGNIS Award of the 29th Hong Kong International Film Festival
    The Best Direction Plaque from the Iranian House of Cinema
    The Top Prize of the International Competition from the 19th Esfahan Children Film Festival
    Selected as the Best Feature Film by the International Children Jury in the 19th Esfahan Children Film Festival
    Golden Dolphin from 21st Festroia Film Festival, Portugal, 2005
    FIPRESCI Award at 21st Festroia Film Festival for the Best Film, Portugal, 2005
    The Most Favorite Film at the Audience Poll, at the 54th Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2005
    Anonimul IFF Trophy for the Best Film at the Anonimul International Film Festival in Romania, August 2005
    Audience Award for the Best Film at the Anonimul International Film Festival in Romania, August 2005
    The best Teen Film Award, TeenArena at Sarajevo Film Festival, August 2005
    The Golden Prometheus Award for the Best Film from the 6th Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia, September 2005
    Special Recondition Award at the Buster, Copenhagen Children Award, Denmark, September 2005
    The Human Rights for Children Prize from 20th Osnabourch Independent Film Festival in Germany, October 2005
    Freedom of Expression Film Award from 2006 Index on Censorship International Magazine, United Kingdom, March 2006
    The Special Jury Award from the 28th Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Special Distinction 2006 Award in the International Films Category, granted by the Chilean Art Critics Association, Chile, January 2007
    The Best Audience Award from Bahrain Human Rights Internation Film Festival, May 2008.
    The Best Director Award from Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival, May 2008.
    Best Director Award from 8th Cinema House Celebration (Khane Cinema), Iran 2004
    Best film of Iran Cinema Association Award from Esfahan Festival, 2004
    Special Jury award of Iran Cinema from Esfahan Festival
  • Festival Screenings: Toronto International Film Festival 9th – 18th September, 2004, Canada. Section: World Premier
    San Sebastian International Film Festival, 16th – 28th September 2004, Spain. Section: Competition
    Pusan International Film Festival, 7th – 15th October, 2004, Korea. Section: A Window On Asian Cinema
    Chicago International Film Festival, 7th – 21st October, 2004, North America. Section: International Feature Film Competition
    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, 14th October – 21st November, 2004, Florida. Section: Official Program
    Viennale – International Film Festival Vienna, 15th – 27th October, 2004, Austria. Section: Viennale Edition
    Montréal International Film Festival of Nouveau Cinéma, 14th – 24th October, 2004, Canada. Section: Competition
    CJ Asian Independent International Film Festival, 20th – 24th October, Korea. Closing Film of the Festival
    3rd London Kurdish Film Festival, 22nd October – 4th November, 2004, England
    London International Film Festival, 20th October – 4th November, 2004, England
    Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 22nd October – 4th November, 2004, Brazil. Section: Competition-New Directors
    The 2nd International Disability International Film Festival, 11th – 14th November, 2004, Moscow
    International Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 19th – 28th November, 2005. Section: New Horizons
    Tokyo Filmex 2004, 20th – 28th November, Japan. Section: Tokyo Filmex Competition (Best Emerging Filmakers in Asia)
    International Film Festival of Auteur Films, 20th – 27th November, 2004, Belgrade
    Asiaticafilmmediale, 20th – 28th November, 2004, Rome, Italy
    Issy Les Moulineaux International Film Festival, 20th – 28th November, 2004, France
    Camerimage, 27th November – 4th December, 2004, Polland. Section: Main Competition
    The Honolulu Academy of Arts, 2nd – 7th January, 2005, Hawaii
    Palm Springs International Film Festival, 6th – 17th January, 2005, USA. Section: Competition
    Kurdish Film Festival in Wien, 15th January, 2005
    Tromso International Film Festival, 18th – 23rd January, 2005, Norway Section: Competition Program, also nominated for the Norwegian Peace Film Award
    34th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 26th January – 6th February, 2005, the Netherlands
    Goteborg International Film Festival, 28th January – 7th February, 2005, Sweden. Nordic Premier
    Spokane International Film Festival, 29th January – 1st February, 2005, USA. Section: Competition
    Miami International Film Festival, 4th – 13th February, 2005, USA. Special Presentation, Section: World Cinema
    Portland International Film Festival, 11th – 27th February, 2005, USA. Section: Best of the Festival Award
    The 28th Kinderfilmfest of the Berlin International Film Festival, 10th – 20th February, 2005, Germany. Section: The New 14 Plus Competition
    The Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO), 16th – 27th February, 2005. Section: Competition, Fiction Official Selection UCLA University, One-Month Celebration of Iranian Cinema, 18th February – 18th March, 2005, USA. Opening Film
    Sedona International Film Festival, 3rd – 6th March, 2005, USA. Section: Competition
    The 19th Fribourg International Film Festival, 6th – 13th March, 2005, Switzerland. Section: Fiction Competition
    Augsburg International Film Festival, 7th – 13th March, 2005, Germany
    The 23rd San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 10th – 20th March, 2005, USA. Section: Competition
    Cinema Novo International Film Festival, 10th – 20th March, 2005, Belgium. Opening Film
    The Mar del Plata International Film Festival, 10th – 20th March, 2005, Argentina. Opening film
    The Guadalajara International Film Festival, 11th – 18th March, 2005, Mexico
    The 5th International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 12th – 20th March, 2005, Spain
    The 15th African, Asian and Latin American International Film Festival, 14th – 20th March, 2005, Italy. Section: Competition (Lungometraggi Finestra Sul Mondo)
    The Bermuda International Film Festival, 18th – 24th March, 2005, USA. Section: Competition
    The 23rd Cinemateca Uruguay International Film Festival, 19th March– 4th April, 2005
    Hong Kong International Film Festival, 22nd March – 6th April, 2005
    Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris,” 1st – 10th April, 2005, Lithuania
    The 16th Nat International Film Festival, 1st – 17th April, 2005, Denmark. Section: Main Competition
    The 53rd International Film Festival of Mountains, Explorations and Adventures Città di Trento, 28th April – 8th May, 2005, Italy
    The Rome International Children Film Festival “Alice in the city”, 23rd – 30th May, 2005, Rome
    FESTROIA International Film Festival, 28th May – 5th June, 2005, Portugal. Section: Official Section (FIAPF) In Competition
    Taiwan International Film Festival, 25th June – 9th July, 2005
    The 40th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 1st – 9th July, 2005, Czech Republic
    Umbria Film Festival, Italy
    54th Melbourne International Film Festival, International Guest Section, August, 2005
    Anonimul International Film Festival in Romania, Fiction Competition Section, August, 2005
    Sarajevo International Film Festival, Bosnia, TeenArena Competition Section, August, 2005
    Beirut International Film Festival (Umam), Lebanon, September, 2005
    Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland, Human Rights Section, September 28th – October 8th , 2005
    Buster – Copenhagen International Children Film Festival, Denmark, September, 2005
    6th Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia, World Competition Section, October, 2005
    4th Asian International Film Festival, Mumbai, India, International Section, October 2005
    Films from the South Festival, Oslo, Norway, October 2005
    20th Osnabourch Independent Film Festival in Germany, Children Films, October, 2005
    New East Film Festival, Bonn and Dusseldorf, Germany, November, 2005
    23rd Malmo International Children Film Festival, Sweden, February, 2006
    20th Riga International Film Festival Forum, Arsenal in Latvia, September 2006
    Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland. 3×3 Section, Spotlight on Bahman Ghobadi, 28th September – 8th October 2006
    Zamahwand 2006 (Kurdish Film Festival) in Manchester, England, September – October (In Partnership with BAFTA)
    Montreal Cinemateque, Canada, October 2006 in Retrospection
    Cineuropa Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2nd – 30th November, 2006
    4th London Kurdish Film Festival, England November 27th – December 3rd, 2006
    Berlin Kurdish Film Festival, Germany December 9th, 2006
    The Esperanza peace and justice center in Sun Antonio, Texas, February 2007
    Austin Film Society, Austin, Texas, U.S.A, 6 March 2007 (Middle eastern films series)
    the 1th kurdish Film Festival of Paris, 24th – 30th October 2007, France
    1st Bahrain Human Rights International Film festival, 30th April – 4th May, 2008
    54th Flaherty International Film Seminar 21-27 June, 2008, NY
    Musuem of Modern Art (Moma) 27-7 July, 2008, NY
    Pyongyang International Film festival 17-26 September, 2008, North Korea
    Etnia Film Festival 9-12 October, 2008, Turku, Finland
    Iranian Film Festival in Louisville, 11 January- February 22, 2009, USA
    Cape Winelands Film Festival, 21 – 29 March, 2009, South Africa
    Iranian Film Festival in Laval-Mayenne, 10-24 March, 2010 France
    Edinburgh Kurdish Film Festival 6-20 February, 2012, Scotland

2002 The Songs of my Mothers Land (Marooned in Iraq)

  • In Iran and Iraq’s postwar years, when Iraq bombs hits Kurdish, an old Iranian Kurdistan singer, accompanied by his musician sons, start searching for his ex-wife Hanareh. Hanareh, a women singer, has gone to Kurdistan in Iraq. The film is the story of the band’s journey, joined with their music. It is the story of a nation that has always been wandering. Being so used to war, they take it as a game and with their music they celebrate life.
  • Production: Mijfilm
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Written and directed by: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Duration: 108 minutes
  • Year: 2002
  • Word Sale: MijFilm Co.
  • Screenplay Assistant: Fariborz Kamkari
  • Directors of Photography: Saeed Nikzat, Shahriar Asadi
  • Editor: Hayedeh Safi-Yari
  • Music: Arsalan Komkar
  • Sound: Hasan Zahedi, Mahmoud Moussavi-Nejad
  • Sound Mix: Mohammad Haghighi
  • Assistant Director: Hossein Ghana’at
  • Production Manager: Mohamad Reza Najafi
  • Special Effects: Javad Sharifi
  • Script Supervisor: Raheleh Parvin-Nia
  • Still Photographers: Bahman Ghobadi, Abedin Ali-Veissey
  • Cast:
  • Shahab Ebrahimi: Mirza
  • Faegh Mohammadi: Barat
  • Allah-Morad Rashtian: Audeh
  • Rojan Hosseini: Rojan
  • Iran Ghobadi: Hanareh
  • Saeed Mohammadi: The Teacher
  • Fathollah Sa’edi
  • Shilan Rahmani
  • Bahram Sarbazi
  • Mariam Pouyani
  • Hossein Rashid-Ghamat
  • Awards: Winner: The Francois – Chalais Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2002
    Winner: Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival, 2002
    Winner: Best Feature Film Award, Cervinio Film Festival, Italy, 2002
    Winner: Best Feature Film, 26th Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Mostra), Brazil, 2002
    Winner: SIGNIS Award for Best Film at the IV DeHumalc Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires
    Nominated for the Best Film at Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, 2002
    Nominated for the Golden Tulip at Istanbul International Film Festival, 2003
  • Screenings: Cannes Film Festival, France, 2002. World Premiere.
    Chicago International Film Festival, 4th – 18th October, 2002. In Competition
    En route Vers le Monde, 9th – 13th October, 2002, Nantes, France. In Competition
    Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 18th – 31st October, 2002, Brazil. In Competition
    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, 25th – 31st October, 2002, Florida. In Competition
    Tokyo International Film Festival, 26th October – 4th November, 2002. In Competition
    Banff Mountain International Film Festival, 29th October – 3rd November, 2002. In Competition
    Regus London International Film Festival, 6th – 21st November, 2002
    Pusan International Film Festival, 14th – 23rd November, 2002, South Korea
    Kurdish London Film Festival, 15th – 28th November, 2002
    Gijon International Film Festival, 21st – 29th November. In Competition
    Festival of Auteur Film, View into the World Section, 23rd – 30th November, 2002, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
    Tromso International Film Festival, 14th – 19th January, 2003. In Competition
    Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, 4th – 11th February, 2003. In Competition
    Films from the South Festival, 14th – 20th February, 2003, Oslo. In Competition
    Adelaide International Film Festival, 28th February – 7th March, 2003, Australia
    Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in London, 12th – 20th March, 2003
    Cinema NOVO International Film Festival in Belgium, 13th – 23rd March, 2003
    WOW! Wales One World FF in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Newport & Swansea, 15th – 29th March, 2003, England
    Nat International Film Festival, 28th March – 6th April, 2003, Denmar
    Phiafilm, the Philadelphia International Film Festival, 3rd – 17th April, 2003, U.S.A
    Taos Talking Picture International Film Festival, 10th – 13th April, 2003.
    Istanbul International Film Festival, 12th – 27th April, Turkey. In Competition
    Kurdish Film Festival in Frankfurt, 1st – 12th May, 2003, Germany
    Culture and Art International Film Festival of Diyarbakir, 24th May – 2nd June, 2003, Turkey
    Sydney International Film Festival, 6th – 20th June, 2003, Australia
    Auckland International Film Festival, 11th July – 27th July), New Zealand
    Wellington International Film Festival, 18th July – 2nd August, 2003, New Zealand
    Melbourne International Film Festival, 23rd July – 10th August, 2003, Australia
    Trento International Film Festival, 1st – 9th May, 2004, Italy. In Competition
    Stockholm Park Cinema, September 4th, 2004, Sweden
    Forening YARI International Film Festival, September 5th, 2004, Uppsala Sweden
    Asia International Film Festival, 21st – 24th October, 2004, Turku, Finland
    Cinemazero, 22nd December, 2004 Pordenone, Italy
    Kurdish Film Festival in Wien, January 15th, 2005, Austria
    Screened at the Iran Film Week in Tunisia, March, 2006
    Montreal Cinemateque, October, 2006, Canada. In Retrospection
    New Crowned Hope Festival, 14th November – 13th December 2006, Vienna, Austria
    54th Flaherty International Film Seminar 21-27 June, 2008, NY
    Musuem of Modern Art (Moma) 27-7 July, 2008, NY
    Sarlat film festival, 30th of October – 15th of November 2008
    Oslo film festival from south festival, 14th – 20th February 2008

2000 A Time for Drunken Horses

  • Ayoub is a young boy living in a village near the border of Iraq in Kurdistan province. He works in the bazaar along with his little sister. When his father dies, he is obliged to protect his three sisters and sick brother, Madi. Madi needs surgery, without which, he is expected to live a maximum of seven to eight months. Ayoub tries to smuggle merchandise by mule into Iraq in an attempt to raise money for Madi’s operation. The owner of the mules refuses to pay Ayoub and his group after the job. Ayoub again looks for a job to pay for his brother’s operation. He gets a second chance to smuggle goods using the mule his uncle lends him after breaking his arm. Rojin, Ayoub’s sister, marries a suitor living in a village on the border of Iraq on the condition that he smuggles Madi into Iraq for his operation. Despite Ayoub’s objections the wedding takes place and they all move to the border village, including Madi. The groom’s mother prevents Madi from going with them and gives Ayoub a mule as a conciliatory gift. Ayoub and Madi along with the acquired mule return to their native village and sell it to get money for Madi’s operation.
  • Production: Mijfilm
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi.
  • Written and directed by: Bahman Ghobadi.
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Year: 2000
  • World Sales: MK2 Company, France (www.MK2.Com).
  • Cinematographer: Saed Nikzat.
  • Editor: Samad Tavazoei.
  • Original Music: Hossein Alizadeh.
  • Production Manager: Behrouz Ghobadi.
  • Sound: Morteza Dehnavi, Mehdi Darabi.
  • Sound Mixer: Jahangir Mirshekari.
  • Assistant Director: Alireza Amiri.
  • Production Crew: Batin Ghobadi, Kaveh Moinfar.
  • Assistant Cinematographer: Saeed Khademi.
  • Cinematography Crew: Daryoush Taheri Masoud Salami Babak Amini.
  • Sound Assistant: Shahab Seyfouri.
  • Editing Assistant: Hassan Rashidghamat.
  • Photography: Jafar Baratimehr, Khosro Jalali.
  • Cast: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Ekhtiardini, Ameneh Ekhtiardini, Kolsoum Ekhtiardini, Karim Ekhtiardini, Rahman Salehi, Osman Karimi
  • Awards: Winner of Golden Camera (Camera D’or) as Best Film at Cannes Film Festival, France, 2000
    Society of International Critics FIPRESCI Award at Cannes Film Festival, France, 2000
    3-Winner Of C.I.C.A.E at Cannes Film Festival, France, 2000 (LA Confederation, International Des Cinemas Dart Et D’essai)
    Winner of Silver Hugo, Special Jury Prize at Chicago International Film Festival, U.S.A, 2000
    Winner of Best Feature at Santa Fe Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale, U.S.A, 2000
    Winner of International Grand Jury Award from Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2000
    Winner of Special Jury Award from Gijon International Film Festival and Nominated for Grand Prix at Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, 2000
    Winner of Best Feature at Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland, 2000
    Winner of Best Feature from Children Film Festival, Esfahan, Iran, 2000
    Winner of Best Feature at Banff International Film Festival, Canada, 2000
    Winner of Best feature at Cervino Film Festival, Italy, 2000
    Winner of D’Otran, France, 2000
    The Wales One World Britain Film Festival 2015
    Toronto International Film Festival, 2000
    Locarno International Film Festival, 2000
    Chicago International Film Festival, 2000
    Cannes International Film Festival, 2000
    WOW! International Film Festival
    Banff Mountain International Film Festival, 2001
    NZ International Film Festival, 2001
    The 48th Sydney International Film Festival, 2001
    Muslim International Film Festival, 2001
    The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, 2001
    Nashville Shakespeare International Film Festival, 2001
    Tampa International Film Festival, 2001
    Paul International Film Festival, April, 2001
    12th Philadelphia International Film Festival, 2001
    Melbourne International Film Festival, 2001
    Fukuoka International Film Festival, 2001
    1st Kurdish Film Festival
    Adelaide International Film Festival, 2003
    15th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Tribeca International Film Festival, 2002
    Kurdish Human Rights Conference and Film Festival
    Woodstock International Film Festival, 2002
    Austin International Film Festival, 2001
    Fall Festival Frenzy, 2002
    Montreal Wold International Film Festival, 2001
    Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, 2002
    JIFF International Film Festival, 2002
    Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2002
    SEATTLE International Film Festival, 2003
    Dubrovnic International Film Festival, 2003
    Flickerings International Film Festival, 2002
    San Diego International film festival, 2001
    Cervino International Film Festival, 2002
    Bradford International Film Festival, 2003
    Tromadance International Film Festival, 2003
    24th Kinder International Film Festival, Berlin, 2001
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2002
    MEDI International Film Festival, 2001
    Lupercian International Film Festival, 2003
    The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, 2005
    Reykjavik International Film FestivaL, Iceland, 2006. In 3×3: Spotlight on Bahman Ghobadi
    Montreal Cinemateque, Canada, October 2007. In Retrospection
    15th Open Doek Film Festival 19th – 29th April, 2007, Belgium
    54th Flaherty International Film Seminar 21-27 June, 2008, NY
    Musuem of Modern Art (Moma) 27-7 July,2008, NY
    Pyongyang International Film festival, 17-26 September, 2008, North Korea

Short films:

2003 War is Over?

  • A few weeks after the fall of Saddam, Bahman Ghobadi sets off on a journey to Iraq by the excuse of screening his second film “Marooned in Iraq.” He wants to find an answer for all the questions that he has about this land and its people. This documentary narrates the circumstances that people of Iraq are living under after the fall of Saddam.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
  • Duration: 57 minutes
  • Type: Documentary
  • Writer: Behnam Behzadi
  • Design, sound and picture editing: Behnam Behzadi
  • Photography: Hamid Ghavami, Bahman Ghobadi
  • Sound recording: Rahmat Moadi
  • Music: A selection of Hossein Alizadeh and Arsalan Kamkar’s work
  • Narration: Naeem Karimi
  • Technical Affairs: Rasaneye Pooya
  • Festival Screenings: Dornandez International Film Festival France, 2003
    The 26th Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany, 2003
    Singapore International Film Festival, 2004
    Tribeca International Film Festival, America, 2004
    The 5th Iranian Student’s Association Union, New York, 2004
    The 53rd Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, 2004
    Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2004
    The 3rd Kurdish Film Festival, London, 2004
    The 20th International Documentary Film Festival Munich, Germany, 6th – 14th May, 2005. Section: In Competition of the Horizonte Programme
    Cinema digital Seoul, Film Festival, South Korea, July, 2007
    54th Flaherty International Film Seminar 21-27 June, 2008, NY
    Musuem of Modern Art (Moma) 27-7 July, 2008, NY

2003 Daf (Tambourine)

  • Kurdistan – in a village near the Iraqi border.Faegh, his three wifes and 11 children are making a most famous Iranian instruments (daf). This, made of sheep’s skin, music tool has special connotation among Kurds.This film is a pattern of musical lifestyle of one „out of the ordinary” family whose survival depends on music.
  • Production: Mijfilm
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Type: Documentary
  • Programmer and first assistant to director: Bijan Zamanpira
  • Second assistant to director: Hamid Ghavami
  • Third assistant to director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Executive manager: Behrouz Ghobadi
  • Director of Photography: Shahryar Asadi
  • Sound: Hossein Mahdavi
  • Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
  • Production crew: Abedin Aliveisi, Motasam Naghshbandi, Omid Rastbin
  • Daf (Tambourine) players directed by Seyed Bahaedin Hosseini
  • Delivery: Khaled Rajabi
  • With thanks to: Feiz-abad carpentry, Seyed Ahmad Rahiminia, Seyed Anvar Hosseini, Seyed Ahmad Hosseini, Sanandaj Blinds association, Nasrollah Ebrahimi, Hooshang Shariati, Afshin Zandkarimi, Arreared (Exeptional) Children Education Office, People of Sou Village
  • Cast: Hamed Mohamadi, Monire Zamani, Elham Bahmani, Saman Bahmani, Maryam Abasi, Faegh Mohamadi, Ayeshe Azarneitoor, Fathollah Saedi, Allah-morad Rashtiani, Dervish Crew, Karim Zandian, Yadollah Maleki
  • Awards: Best Short Documentary Award from Docusur International Film Festival, October 2006, Spain
    Best short Film Award from 4th All Roads Film Festival National Geographic, Washington Dc, October & November 2007, USA
    Audience Appreciation Award from 4th All All Roads Film Festival National Geographic, Santa Fe, November & December 2007,New Mexico
  • Festivals Screenings: Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea
    The 3rd Kurdish Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, 2004
    The 3rd Kurdish Film Festival in London, UK, 2004
    The 19th Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, 6th to 13th March, 2005. Section: Documentary
    The 20th International Documentary Film Festival, Munich, Germany, 6th – 14th May, 2005. Section: In competition of the Horizonte Programme
    The 43rd Viennale- Vienna International Film Festival, 14th – 26th October
    The 15th World Cinema Days at the Cinema Raetia in Thusis, Switzerland, 23rd -28th October
    The 59th Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland. Retrospective of Bahman Ghobadi
    International Film Festival Docusur, Spain, 22nd – 29th October, 2006
    Montreal World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 28th October, 2006
    Blackmovie International Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 2nd – 11th February, 2007. Digital Shorts Section
    4th Annual National Geographic All Roads Film festival, Washington, U.S.A, 4th – 7th October, 2007
    4th Annual National Geographic All Roads Film festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November & December, 2007