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.


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.