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M, a young writer living under dictatorship in the country of Mania, goes through a nightmarish time after his close friend's suspicious death and imprisonment of many other opposition activists.

  • Mohammad Khiabani
  • Mohammad Khiabani
  • Mohammad Khiabani
  • Soheil Panahi
    Key Cast
  • Navid Solati
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    Crime, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Director Biography - Mohammad Khiabani

Mohammad Khiabani, born in Iran in 1982, is a master's degree holder in sociology from Allameh Tabatabaei University of Tehran, Iran (2010). He studied filmmaking at Iranian Youth Cinema Society (2007-2008), has published two books in 2016: "From the Dark Alley" (poems) and "A Woman with Dark Eyes and the Magic of Eternity" (short stories); and is working on final draft of another book: "How to Read Movies: A Practical Guide to Film Analysis". He has made three short films: "Stop" (2009), "A Room in Shadow" (2012) and "Mania" (2017). Mohammad Khiabani has done extensive qualitative research on social aspects of cinema; culminated in his master's dissertation: A Study on Cinematic Characterization and its Mutual Relation with the Social
Context: A Case Study of the Movie ‘Hamoun’.
He has worked as film critic and columnist at Asia Newspaper (printed in Iran) and Daily
Open Society (printed in Kabul, Afghanistan) between 2013 and 2016. He was awarded fully funded admission to Media Arts and Sciences master's program by Indiana University Bloomington for Fall 2017 semester, but failed to attend the university after the US embassy did not issue his visa due to political issues between Iran and the United States.

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Director Statement

Psychological insecurity of intellectuals and free-thinkers in a closed society is the main focal point of Mania. I am trying to tell a story, and at the same time depict the ever-growing threat of dictatorship in our world. bottom line: big brother is watching us!