A Kurdish family of drum makers. All five children are blind, but pitch in to build the so-called Daf, flat drums popular in Iran with metal rings on the inside to create additional sound while playing. The youngest son is three, too young to help. He sits near his siblings under a large tent of mosquito netting on the porch, crying often because his sick eyes hurt. His siblings lovingly crawl in to join him beneath the netting, snuggle with him and bring him sweets. A family portrait and a tribute to the art of drum making.
With: Hamed Mohamadi, Monire Zamani, Elham Bahmani, Saman Bahmani, Maryam Abasi
Screenplay: Bahman Ghobadi
Director of Photography: Shahriar Assadi
Film Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
Sound: Hossein Mahdavi
Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
Production Company: Mij Film Co
World Sales: Mij Film Co
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Bahman Ghobadi was born in Baneh in 1969, a city in Iranian Kurdistan near the Iraqi border. The Iran-Iraq War forced his family to move to Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian Kurdistan. After high school graduation, Ghobadi moved to Teheran, where he began working as a photographer. He attended Iranian Broadcasting College, but did not graduate. He then worked as assistant director to Abbas Kiarostami on THE WIND WILL CARRY US. After shooting several documentary shorts on Super8, he made his award-winning breakout short LIFE IN FOG 1999. He named his production co. Mij (Fog), which funds and produces Kurdish films, after this film. “Iran has always been a region that cradled a multitude of different ethnic groups, Turkmens, Kurds and Turks, yet their voices are rarely expressed in Iranian cinema,” says Ghobadi. He made the first Iranian Kurdish feature film 2000, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, followed by TURTLES CAN FLY (2004), HALF MOON (2006) and NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (2009), winning numerous international awards, including the Caméra d'Or in Cannes, the Glass Bear in Berlin, two main prizes in San Sebastian, the Index on Censorship award and numerous audience awards worldwide. Bahman Ghobadi has been making Kurdish films for twenty years now, often working with non-actors and laypeople.