Director Fatemeh Zolfaghari

Production year 2019

Length 47min.

Country Iran


In the late fall of 2017, a devastating earthquake struck the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands homeless. This film tells the story of Azita and her fiancé who in the aftermath of the earthquake, search through the ruins of their home, unearthing objects of their past. The harder it gets to retrieve their belongings, the more these items take on a new meaning as the couple risks their lives to retrieve the memories they've lost under the rubble and piece together the fragments of their identities they left behind.


Fatemeh Zolfaghari
Fatemeh Zolfaghari



Mahdi Motahar


Fatemeh Zolfaghari

Director of Photography

Fatemeh Zolfaghari

Music by

Mohammad Ali Rafi


Fateme Zolfaghari, Negin Ahmadi


Arsalan Amiri

Fatemeh Zolfaghari

Fatemeh Zolfaghari studied laboratory science and then got her degree in filmmaking. She works as a video activist, social facilitator, photographer and documentary filmmaker independently in civil societies. She traveled around Iran working mostly between local communities and nomads since 2010, and then started developing projects based on her experiences to build her own films. She started a new film in northern Syria (Rojava), which focuses on a new generation of women filmmakers who struggle for their rights alongside other brave women from the region like the female fighters in the front. She worked also as a camera woman and film editor in many projects.


Absence (2018).

FILMS 2019