Water, Wind, Dust, Bread

Ab, Bad, Khak, Nan

  • Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari
  • Iran
  • 2021
  • 25 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

In an oasis in the Iranian desert, 11-year-old Abolfazl picks dates, tends his family’s cows, does his homework, and has fun with his best friend Setayesh. The camera quietly observes their friendship as they swing between the date palms or climb the windswept rocks around the oasis. Abolfazl’s mother bakes fresh bread, and tourists come to her guesthouse for the serene atmosphere.

But life in the oasis is not entirely idyllic. Although Abolfazl lives with a physical disability, it is Setayesh who faces an even bigger hurdle. She is one of the 40,000 children in Iran who don’t have a birth certificate, and as a result she can’t go to school.

Credits

  • 25 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Farsi
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari
Production
Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari, Somayeh Zeraatkar
Cinematography
Hassan Seyedi Parishan, Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari, Davood Rahmani
Editing
Mohammadreza Vatandoust
Sound
Payam MirTabrizian

IDFA history

2021
Dutch Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

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