“A moving tale about lives in stasis, Parting provides another perspective on a humanitarian crisis showing no signs of abating.” -Hollywood Reporter

Two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe and a better life. Set nearly entirely in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Parting is a compact but vivid illustration of migrant lives in limbo.

Winner of Special Jury Prize at the 21st Busan International Film Festival.

Afghanistan’s submission in the 2017 foreign-language film Oscar category.

Director’s statement

The dangers engendered by Islamic State and the Taliban are omnipresent. In countries menaced by these groups people seek a better life by migrating, despite the fact that many lose their lives en route. My brother, Jamshid, and I have tried to portray their difficult passage.

Written and directed by Navid Mahmoudi. Edited and Produced by Jamshid Mahmoudi. Starring Reza Ahmadi and Fereshteh Hosseini. 78 min. 2016. Iran/Afghanistan. In Persian and Dari with English subtitles. DCP.


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