Leaving Here and Her

Saleh has decided to leave. He says goodbye to all his family, friends, girlfriend and Tehran.

  • Saleh Kashefi
  • Saleh Kashefi
  • Saleh Kashefi
  • Mammad Darvish
    Key Cast
  • Bahar Akbari
    Key Cast
  • Alireza Baratian
    Key Cast
  • Saleh Kashefi
  • Saleh Kashefi
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tarke Inja Va Ou (ترک اینجا و او)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Director Biography - Saleh Kashefi

Saleh Kashefi (born in Tehran August 1st, 1999) is an Iranian artist, filmmaker whose works bring a bold lens upon contemporary Islamic youth culture, making ‘no-budget’ films which have gone on to be screened with international acclaim. He began his career as a child actor when he was 9 years old before starting to make films when he was 12 years old. He`s an alumni of FIFF‘s Talent Campus 2019, Locarno Film Festival’s Filmmakers Academy 2021 and has been part of artist residencies like Switzerland’s Basel House of Film‘s Filmmaker Residency Program, China’s Young Yan Artists Residency, Norway’s PRAKSIS Exhibition Artist Residency and the winner of Prince Claus Seed Awards 2021. He has made 12 short films which have been included in over 100 film festivals around the world and have won 26 awards. His work usually surrounds the youth exploring numerous taboo topics like sexuality, religious and politics in a mix between documentary and fiction, putting his characters in uncomfortable therapy-like situations in order to explore the emotions of the contemporary youth in the middle east while he works with zero-budget and as all the crew of the film himself. Right now he is working on a 10 part documentary project, a short fiction co-production and his first feature film. His first feature film is one of the six selected projects for the 41st session of La Residence du Festival De Cannes which won the CNC support grant at Cannes Film Festival 2021 for best project during the Cinefondation pitching session. He is the youngest filmmaker ever selected at the Cannes Residence and the Locarno Academy.

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Director Statement

"Leaving Here and Her" is just as clear as possible for a title for this film. Through this film, I say goodbye to Tehran, my neighborhood, family, friends and my ex-girlfriend. All of my family and friends play the role of themselves, only my friend Mammad, plays the role of me. I worked as all the crew of the film myself, the film was made with no-budget and it's all documentary mixed with fiction elements. There were no script and we didn't know what the film will turn out to be. I just try to make a couple of waves of feelings in the film and mix them together and construct the feeling of departure. Like all of my films this film was also made underground without permission and doesn't follow the censorship rules as it includes curse words, no hijab and touching political topics. and This film is actually a prologue to my feature film which is titled "Mammad".