Filmography of Nahid Ghobadi

Nahid Ghobadi was born in 1964 in Baneh, Kurdstan. She graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in library science. She started her career in cinema as an assistant of Bahman Ghobadi in his film „Marooned in Iraq”. She passed a cinema course in Los Angeles and in the same year she published her first book of poems „Moon and its nostalgic”. She made her first short film in 2001 and has made four more films since then. She also helped her husband- Bijan Zamanpira to create his short film that have won several international awards.

Feature films:

2012 111 Girls

  • In a far-off corner of Iranian Kurdistan, 111 village women are hopeless about their situation: growing old in this isolated region, they still remain single. Their fathers and brothers having died or disappeared, finding a suitable men have become hard, if not impossible, to come by. Their future looks bleak. They write a collective plea calling on the President to help them. Otherwise, they announce, in exactly four days they will commit a collective suicide- jump off a cliff to their deaths. Under the president’s order, special investigator Donyadide sets out on a journey with Shirkou, the local little boy.
    Their subsequent journey from Tehran to Shirkou’s small village in Kurdistan captures the story of one Kurd and one Iranian, one Sunni Muslim and one Shia Muslim, as they attempt their unusual mission. Through their strange, yet endearing expedition, their differences of attitudes and ways of life become apparent. Both comical and satirical, the next four days of their trip become an awakening for the government official.Their mission is: saving the 111 Kurdish girls.
  • Production: MIJ FILM
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Directed by: Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira
  • Duration: 79 minutes
  • World Sales: Mij Film
  • U.S. & Canada Sales: The Global Film Initiative
  • Director of the photography: Hamid Ghavmi
  • 1st assistant Director: Jalal Saedpanah
  • 2nd assistant Director: Beri Shalmashi
  • Sound: Hossein Ghourchian
  • Sound Design & Mix: Butan Oghlou
  • Music: Niki Mirza
  • Production Manager: Soran Ebrahimi
  • Editing by: Bahman Ghobadi, Nemtollah Narenji
  • Producers: Bahman Ghobadi, Abbas Ghazali
  • Cast: Reza Behboudi, Mehdi Sali, Amin Sadeghi
  • Festival screenings:
    BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, NEW CURRENTS COMPETITION, 2012

Short films:

2009 Cat and Mouse

  • A documentary about Kurdish children who are trying to survive by collecting crumbs. They are out of school and working to save money and help their families. Life of kids is a struggle with the poverty.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 26 minutes
  • Type: Documentary

2006 Let's rebuild our home

  • A girl teaches her mother how to read. She has to do it secretly, against the opposition of mom’s husbend.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 14 minutes
  • Type: Documentary Fiction
  • Festival screenings:
    Selected in the Savadamuzi short film festival in Tehran, 2005

2005 Behind the Scenes

  • An old woman with a cow and a handicapped boy, cover a huge distance to feed her cow every day. During the way back she sells dairy products to the neighbors.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 21 minutes
  • Type: Documentary

2003 End Fever

  • A story about an old, lonely man who is a worker of an outdoor of the Cinema in Sanandaj and tries to convince people to come there and watch films. Unfortunately no one pays any attention to him. It changes one day, by the movie with death of an old man.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Type: Documentary
  • Festival screenings:
  • Selected in the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, Iran, 2004
    Selected in the Kurdish Film Festival in Diarbakr, turkey, 2004
    Selected in the Isfahan Short Films Festival in Iran, 2004
    Selected in the „Where is love?” Film Festival in Romania, 2006
    Selected in the Santiago Film Festival in Chile, 2006
    Selected in the Paramount Texas Film Festival in USA, 2006
    Nominated for best drama in the „Brilliant light” Film festival in Los Angeles, CA, 2007
    Nominated for the best original Idea award in the „Brilliant light” Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA, 2007
    Selected in the Youth Film Festival in Granada, Spain, 2007
    Selected in the Local Sanandaj Film Festival in, Iran, 2007
    Selected in the Bangkok Film Festival in Thailand, 2007
    Selected in the Tehran Short Films Festival in 2007

2002 The Closed Circle

  • The story of a girl who is waiting for her husband to come back. This process takes too long and she gets mad.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 14 minutes
  • Type: Fiction
  • Festival screenings: Best actor award from Neynava film festival in Sanandaj. Iran, 2002
    Selected in the Kurdish film festival in Diarbakr, turkey, 2004
    Best actress award in Suleymaniye film festival in Iraq Kurdstan, 2005
    Selected in the varesh film festival in Babol, Iran, 2005

2001 A Simple Reason for Happiness

  • Synopsis: A young boy makes money for his family by collecting crumbs.
    One day he buys gift for his sister.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 14 minutes
  • Type: Documentary
  • Festival screenings: Selected in the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece, 2002
    Selected in London Documentary Film Festival in England, 2002
    Selected in the Berlin Short Film Festival in Germany in 2004

2001 The First Journey

  • Synopsis: An old man goes to visit his son in the Army. Entering the barrack, he finds out that his son return to his father. At this moment, old man decides to go home.
  • Production: Mij Film
  • Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Director: Nahid Ghobadi
  • Duration: 12 minutes
  • Type: Fiction
  • Festival screenings:
    Selected in the “Neynava” Short Film Festival in Sanandaj, Iran