Iran, 2022

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Finalist

After it was publicly revealed that Omid and his best friend Masoud were engaged in a same-sex relationship, Omid commits suicide. In the wake of tragedy, his grieving mother prepares a traditional Nazari meal offering with a secret ingredient, prepared especially for those who tormented her son.

Digital, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 13 min. Director: Saleh Alavizadeh. Screenwriter: Saleh Alavizadeh, Reza Morshed. With: Hamid Sharififard, Soheila Dadashi, Mansour Alavizadeh.

Wind of Change

Solouk, Iran, 2022

Before Sara (Narges Mohmmadi) has time to process news of her teenage daughter’s troubled behavior at school, she’s confronted with an even more serious concern: her husband has gone missing. Sometime in the night, after a routine argument, he just up and left, leaving behind a mystery that falls almost entirely on Sara to solve. What comes quicker into view though is just how dependent she had become on him to survive. Writer-director Abbas Rafei deftly balances suspense with social commentary as Sara simultaneously searches for her husband while struggling to reclaim her and her daughter’s independence.

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 86 min. Director: Abbas Rafei. Writer: Abbas Rafei. With: Narges Mohmmadi, Fariba Naderi, Hana Harandi.

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