Three Iranian short films compete at the South Asian Film Festival in Montreal


TEHRAN – Three Iranian short films will compete at the 13th South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM), which is scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 2 in Montreal, Canada.

“Amourgh” by Mohsen Ghezel Soflu, “Survivor” by Karim Azimi and “The Steak” by Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi are the Iranian films in the “Online Shorts” section of the festival.

In “Amourgh,” also known as “Chicken Fatuation,” Sadegh, who lives apart from his wife, believes no one understands his words or feelings. He buys a hen, brings it home and starts talking to it. Sadegh feels he has found someone who understands him, ILNA reported.

The 20-minute short story is a 2022 production with Hossein Monfared, Negar Salahshoor, Alireza Haghparast, Mahan Arrafi, Ali Hadipour and Mohammad Abdolvand in the cast.

“Survivor” tells the story of a young couple who are waiting with other immigrants to cross the sea, but who encounter problems after the birth of their baby.

The 14-minute feature film was produced in 2023. Sadegh Molaei, Sayeh Abbaspour, Nader Mehdilou, Samad Vahedizadeh and Gunas Elgin star in the film.

“The Steak” shows how preparations for a birthday ceremony get out of hand when something terrible happens.

The 8-minute film was produced in 2023 and features Faranak Khamis, Panisa Peyvaght, Amin Simiar, Mehran Naabi and Ali Narimani.

Organized by the Kabir Centre for Arts and Culture in Montreal, the 13th South Asian Film Festival of Montreal is a hybrid (in-theater and online) festival that aims to promote and enhance cultural harmony among a diverse South Asian community and provide a unique opportunity for cross-cultural interactions between two major geographic regions – South Asia and Quebec – as well as Canadian society at large.

The festival serves as a platform to connect the South Asian diaspora and introduce Western audiences to the rich heritage of South Asia's cultural diversity, while also working to combat stereotypes, prejudices and biases of all kinds, especially with regard to South Asia.

The festival aims to break stereotypical ideas about South Asia and its people by screening films that tell stories from the everyday lives of the people of the region, capturing their struggle, resilience and indomitable spirit through documentaries, short films and feature films. This effort to promote cultural awareness does not end with the end of the film screenings, but continues through stimulating discussions with our panelists after the screening. Panelists include filmmakers, actors, academics, writers, activists, social workers as well as film critics.

The festival is hosted by the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal and Saguenay in northern Quebec.