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Director: Shalizeh Arefpour
Theme: Family & Relationships
This film is the story of a 17 year old rural girl, Mahi, who comes from a war-stricken family in southern Iran. Mahi falls in love with an Afghan student named Heiran, who has came to her village to work. Mahi’s family is strictly against her marriage to an Afghan. Mahi must now choose between her family and her love for the Afghan student, Heiran.
The Director uses real footage of illegal immigrants and refugee camps to depict how Afghans are being treated, and mirrors this with the treatment of women in Iran.
Awards: Best Film at Tunis International Film Festival in 2009; New Talent Award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival in 2009.