Private Project

Lost Whispers in The Distance 2021

A group of Iranian and Afghan refugees who are living in Serbian camps talk about their hopes and perceptions of Europe as if it were a dreamland. Meanwhile a group of Kurdish families is trying to cross the European border illegally. They decide to attempt this by themselves because of the unaffordable demands of the professional smugglers. They refer to this quest of theirs as The Game.

  • Mansour Forouzesh
  • Mansour Forouzesh
  • Faranak Gholampour
  • Mansour Forouzesh
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Zemzemehaye Gom Shode Dar Doordast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    60 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Kurdish, Persian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Eotvos Lorand University
  • 38th Fajr international Film Festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    June 1, 2021
    World Premiere
  • 15th Cinema Verite, Iran international Documentary Film Festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    December 9, 2021
  • festival de cinema de alter do chão
    Alter do Chão
    December 8, 2021
  • Max Diversity Film Festival,
    September 23, 2021
Director Biography - Mansour Forouzesh

Independent Iranian Filmmaker
Mansour Forouzesh is an Independent filmmaker. He has produced and directed 6 Fiction Short Films and ten short documentaries for the Iranian national TV (IRIB).
As jury member he had the task of choosing among the competing films and awarding official prizes, including “26th International Fadjr Film Festival (2009)” and “5th International Malta Short Film Festival (2013)” and FEST | NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS 2016 and also several local film and photo festivals. Forouzesh has contributed to several magazines and websites with a focus on reviewing and analyzing films and books. He has just finished his first book, which will be published in 2020. The book is written over the course of 3 years of research on almost seventy Persian and English sources. The main idea of the book is to investigate the Ideas in Cinema with the eastern and western comparative perspectives on Cinema. He recently translated a book titled "Batman and Philosophy" into Persian and the book will get published in the next few months.

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Director Statement

The aim of the film is to show a Western audience the mindset and aspirations of immigrants and to portray how Iranians look at it as an opportunity to fulfill their need for a better life, whereas for Afghans it is a question of survival. It also provides an insight into the reality of the harsh circumstances for those who are about to make the decision to immigrate to the West.

The film unveils the truth about the hardships of the journey of migration and the regression from being a citizen to becoming a refugee. Our goal was to showcase the impact of migration on those who undertake such a journey, which is an aspect often overlooked by news reports and filmmakers.