MENA 2021: African Violet

Middle East and North Africa Film Festival

Middle-aged Shokoo finds out that ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by their children. She, and second husband Reza, decide to take care of Fereydoun themselves, but in their own home.

In doing so, the relationship between Shokoo and Fereydoun is significantly transformed. This new situation affects Reza and Shokoo’s daily life and unexpected changes take place in the lives of all three characters.

"A subtle and elegant deconstruction of patriarchy" Disappointment Media

"African Violet transcends its singular setting to become a universal meditation on the bonds that tie us all together in our collective human experience. May the violet bloom forever." Film Festival Today

The film can also be watched online.

Director Icon Director
Mona Zandi Haghighi

Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Saeed Aghakhani, Reza Babak
Producer Alireza Shojanoori
Screenwriter Hamidreza Bababeigi
Cinematographer Farhad Saba
Editor Bahram Dehghani
Music Peyman Yazdanian
Iran 2019 93 min. In Persian with English subtitles 19+


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