Pelan #21: “Molf Gand” (2009)

Pelan #21:
Title: “Molf e Gand” (2009)- 53 min
A documentary film directed by: Mahmoud Rahmani
February 15, 2016
Simon Fraser University- Harbour Center, Room 1800


Mohammad who is forty turns to a 7-year-old boy in front of camera and narrates the story of Iran-Iraq war in a passionate way. Mohammad believes that some of the bad events during war had happened because of his bad childish guesses (Molf-e Gand).
Mahmoud Rahmani (born 1980, Izeh, Khuzestan), made his first short film, “Gagola” in 2003, and “Oha” (dragon) in 2004. He made his first documentary, “Naft Sepid” in 2005, which was well received inside and outside of Iran and was screened at several film festivals such as IDFA, Cinema du Reel, and more. His second documentary film “Zero Degree Orbit” was produced in 2007 and received more than 15 prizes at in Iran and internationally. His latest documentary, “Molf-e Gand” was made in 2009.

Winner of best film from Nuremberg human rights international film festival, special jury prize of Cassel festival, award of best original film from Belgium film festival, winner of Brussels Millennium Film Festival,…

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with filmmaker.

Pelan #20: “Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars” (2013)

Pelan #20:
Title: “Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars” (2013)- 88 min
A documentary film directed by: Berit Madsen
January 18, 2016
Simon Fraser University- Harbour Center, Room 1800


Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream – of a future as an astronaut. At night, she stares up at the universe, and she is taking lessons from a space fanatic who teaches schoolchildren about astronomy. At home, full of hope and longing, she watches recordings of the world’s first female astronaut, Anousheh Ansari. So it is possible! When her father died suddenly six years ago, Sepideh discovered that she could feel closer to him by watching the stars. And so her dream was born, but not everyone appreciates her boundless ambition. After all, becoming an astronaut is not exactly a normal goal for a girl in Iran, particularly because there’s no money to pay for university and beyond. Her mother and uncle are worried about the emancipated young woman. She doesn’t want to learn to cook, hardly ever visits her family and doesn’t seem to be thinking about marriage at all. We follow this brave young Iranian woman as she watches the stars, as well as at school, in the mosque and at home, where tensions steadily rise. As we follow Sepideh, it becomes clear just how at odds her dreams are with her current reality and the expectations of those around her. Fortunately, Sepideh is able to express all her thoughts, dreams and cares in the letters she writes to her hero, Albert Einstein. (Source: IDFA)

Berit Madsen is a social anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Denmark. She has carried out fieldwork in the Caribbean, Nepal, Niger and Denmark and has produced a number of documentary films as part of her ethnographic research. Her film production lies within the genre of observational cinema, with a strong emphasis on the relationship across the camera and on using the camera as a tool for investigation. Madsen has lectured extensively on ethnographic filmmaking in Denmark, India and Serbia. She has been a member of the working committee of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association since 1991, NAFA Vice General Secretary since 2006, and co-editor of its electronic newsletter NAFA-Network since 1993.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with filmmaker.


Pelan #19: “ِOut of Focus” (2014)

Pelan #19:
Title: “ِOut of Focus” (2014)- 52 min
Director: Shahriar Siami
December 14, 2015

Simon Fraser University- Harbour Center, room 2270

out of focus


This is a film about Afshin Naghouni, a well known Iranian-British painter who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury after falling from the seventh floor of a building during a birthday party in Tehran. He was able to move to England seventeen years ago for treatment and has rebuilt his life, getting married and now working as an artist from his wheelchair. His paintings are in large scales and some of them are shown in very famous London galleries with high prices.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.

Pelan #18: “ِDingomaro” (2014)

Pelan #18:
Title: “ِDingomaro” (2014)- 66 min
Director: Kamran Heidari
November 20, 2015

Simon Fraser University- Harbour Center, room 2270




Since his Internet hit, “Bad Shans” (hard luck), Hamid Said has become one of the most famous black musicians in Iran. He’s travelling by motorbike across the province of Hormozgan, which is situated in the South of the country on the Persian Gulf, in order to realize his dream. he wants to organize a concert with the best black musicians in the country.

Besides Persians, Indians, Arabs and Europeans, the province of Hormozgan, Iran’s “black south” has been influenced primarily by the descendants of slaves and merchants from Africa. Although Shiites, they still hold Voodoo ceremonies just as their African ancestors did and wakes in Hormozgan are more reminiscent of scenes from New Orleans, with the mourners dancing in an elated and joyous manner to black rhythms.

Filmmaker Kamran Heidari accompanies Hamid Said as he attempts to make his dream come true. He must overcome numerous hurdles along the way: Hormozgan’s landscape, which is as inhospitable as it is breathtaking, traveling from the coast over rugged mountains to the desert, the African spirit rites; and the resistance of his wife, who is completely against his plan.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.

Pelan #17: “Plane Grove (Chenarestan)” (2014)

Pelan #17:
Title: “Plane Grove (Chenarestan)” (2014)- 67 min
Director: Hadi Afarideh
Sepember 14, 2015
Simon Fraser university

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The 17km Vali Asr street with 60,000 plane trees connects the south of Tehran to the North. Afarideh’s film portrays past hundred years of modern Tehran by looking at the longest street in the Middle East as a manifestation and remembrance of social and political events.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.

Pelan #16: “Jerry & Me” (2013)

Pelan #16:
Title: “Jerry & Me” (2013)- 38 min
Director: Mehrnaz SaeedVafa
August 13, 2015
Simon Fraser university

Jerry and Me


Iranian filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeedvafa examines questions of identity utilizing a surprising metaphor: the comedies of Jerry Lewis. While a young girl in pre-revolutionary Tehran, Saeedvafa was fascinated by the spastic Jewish funnyman who was often dubbed into Farsi. Years later, she reconsiders all things Jerry in the light of an uncomfortable personal encounter.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.

Pelan #15: “The 17s” (2014)

Pelan #15:
Title: “The 17s” (2014)- 51 min
Director: Atieh Attarzadeh & Aslan Shahebrahimi
July 16, 2015
Simon Fraser university

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“The 17s” is the story of four urban teenagers in contemporary Iran in their own words. In order to make a film about the lifestyle of these teens and see their points of views, which is quite different from the life of the previous generation, the filmmakers decided to place the camera in their hands and ask them to film their own life, under the supervision of the directors during a year.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.

Pelan #14: “Residents of one-way street” and “Suddenly you went missing”

Pelan #14:
Title: “Residents of one-way street” (2014)-55 min
“Suddenly you went missing” (2013)- 26 min
Director: Mahdi Bagheri
June 08,2015
Simon Fraser university



“Residents of one-way street” is exploring the history and the memories of 30 Tir Street, door by door with six residents of this one way street.

“Suddenly you went missing” portrays 35 days of street resistance by civilian people of Khorramshahr through the photos and diaries of Behrouz Moradi who was killed in Iran-Iraq war.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.

Pelan #13: “I am not nuclear energy” and “We are all soldiers”

Pelan #13:
Title:”I am not nuclear energy” (2007) – 30 min
“We are all soldiers” (2013) – 60 min
Director: Mehdi Ghorbanpour
April 22,2015
Simon Fraser university







“We are all soldiers” portrays history of compulsory military services in Iran from Constitutional Revolution to Islamic Revolution which has been told through the rare footages and interviews.

“I am not nuclear energy” shows how high level radioactive rays in Ramsar, a small town north of Iran, heats up debates among rivals in the town council election.

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with director.