Iranian Film Festival held its 7th festival in San Francisco Sep. 27-28, 2014. They screened many features, shorts, animations and documentaries over the two days. The film that I saw primarily highlighted the social and cultural challenges of modern Iranian life The notables films for me were:

  • Hush! Girls Don’t Scream (2013), by Pouran Derakhshandeh, the story of a young woman who breaks down in the eve of her wedding because of suppressed and ignored sexual abuse in her childhood.
  • Trapped (2013), by Parviz Shahbazi, a thriller about a young woman who ends up picking a roommate with a lot of trouble and crooks in her life.
  • Kami’s Party (2013), by Ali Ahmadzadeh, an interesting film about a group of privileged young Iranians busy partying to the extend that they are unaware of the tragedy unrolling next to them.

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Highlight of Winners of the 2014 Sepanta Awards

Below are select awardees in this IFF event:

Best Film: Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Actor: Faramarz Gharibian for The Sinners
Best Actress: Tannaz Tabatabayi for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Screenplay: Pouran Derakhshandeh & Mitra Bahrami for Hush! Girls Don’t Scream
Best Cinematography: Salem Salavati for The Last Winter
Best Documentary: Trucker and the Fox, directed by Arash Lahooti
Best Short Film: Red Dream, directed by Shahriar Pourseyedian
Best Animation: Simorgh, directed by Meghdad Asadi Lari

IFF 2015 will be held in San Francisco, Sep. 26-27. For more information and schedule please visit the festival site.