Hana Makhmalbaf


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Director(s): Hana Makhmalbaf

Short synopsis : Election time in Iran. A new wave of hope has sent people massing into the streets to vote. But Ava, a girl suffering from depression, cannot believe that change will come.

Long synopsis : Ava, an Iranian girl suffering from depression, blames recent political events in Iran for her troubled mental state and goes to a psychologist. The psychologist advises her to take on physical work, and later, to work on a play. However, the play, inspired by the reality and problems of her society, is banned. It is election time. The city is alive with possibilities. A new wave of hope has sent people massing into the streets to participate, to vote against the current president. Everywhere there is singing, dancing, action – a vibrant, passionate vision of a very different future for her country. But Ava still doesn’t believe change will come. She leaves her home and talks to people in the streets, trying desperately to rekindle her own hope.


  • Director(s): Hana Makhmalbaf
  • DP: Mohammad Yazdi
  • Genre(s): Drama, Historical Drama

  • Production company: MAKHMALBAF FILM HOUSE
  • Production date: 2009
  • Language: Persian
  • Duration: 73 min
  • Venice Film Festival 2009 – Out of Competition
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2009 – Vanguard Program
  • San Sebastian Film Festival 2009
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival 2009
  • Stockholm Film Festival 2009
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010
  • Istanbul Film Festival 2010
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2010
  • Beirut International Film Festival 2010