Bahman Ghobadi was born on February 1st, 1969 in Baneh, a city near the Iran- Iraq border in the province of Kurdistan, Iran. He was the first son in a family of seven siblings. He lived in Baneh until, at the age of 12, civil disputes caused his entire family to immigrate to Sanandaj, the center of Kurdistan Province in Iran. After graduating from high school in Sanandaj, Ghobadi moved to Tehran in 1992. He started his artistic career in the field of Industrial Photography. Though he attended the Iranian Broadcasting College, he never graduated. Rather than following a formal curriculum, he believed the only way he could learn the craft of cinema was by tirelessly making short films. Using 8mm film, his starting point was to shoot a series of short documentaries.
Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak gauge and await their fate.
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
São Paulo International Film Festival
Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children
Berlin International Film Festival
Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival