Bandar Band

Film Still from Bandar Band


Wednesday, March 10
12:00pm EST

(2020, Manijeh Hekmat, Iran/Germany, 75 mins, in Farsi w/ English subtitles)                                                                                             

Guest: Manijeh Hekmat (director)

Introduced by: Maryam Zehtabi Sabeti Moqaddam, University of Virginia

“Filmed during the catastrophic floods of 2019 , Bandar Band is a road movie of aspiring musicians journeying across Iran to compete in a talent contest. Pregnant Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. They still keep their hopes alive, however every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.” (Official website)


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Film Screening*


March 5 – March 10

Live Conversation and Q&A with Filmmaker
via Facebook or YouTube

(Weds, March 10 at 12:00PM EST)


All events are free and open to the public.

* Bandar Band is available only in Massachusetts. 

About the Filmmaker

Manijeh Hekmat

Image of Manijeh HekmatBorn in 1962, Manijeh Hekmat is one of the prominent figures in political cinema in Iran. In 1995, she started her film career as a producer. In 2002, based on her long studies and field-works, Hekmat directed her debut feature, WOMEN’S PRISON, on the situation of Iranian women prisoners. The film was premiered in Venice Film Festival and then entered the festival circuit. In 2007, her second film, THREE WOMEN, was shown in more than 80 international film festivals starting with Berlinale. She has also directed a number of documentaries – most notably NGOS IN IRAN(2003); ME, MY ROOM AND MY FRIENDS (2004); HUNDRED YEARS PARLIAMENT IN IRAN (2005); WOMEN COME OUT OF THE HOUSE (2006); and THE LULLABY (2016). 

Up to now, as president of Bamdad Film Company, she has produced 16 feature films– such as THE GIRL IN THE SNEAKERS (1999); THERE ARE THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW (2009); NO ENTRY FOR MEN (2011); CITY OF THE MICE (2014); GAP (2014) – and several shorts and documentaries.

About the Introducer

Maryam Zehtabi Sabeti Moqaddam

Image of Maryam Zehtabi Sabeti Moqaddam

Maryam Zehtabi has a PhD in Comparative Literature and a graduate certificate in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her recent research has focused on the ramifications of sex work in Iran from the Constitutional Revolution of early twentieth century to the present day through the lens of Persian literature and film. She is particularly interested in women, gender, and sexuality studies and the intersection of religion and feminism. Her current research centers around the issue of child marriage. Her works have appeared in The International Journal of Persian Literature, The Guardian, and The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. She is currently a lecturer of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Virginia.


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