Philadelphia Iran Afghanistan

An Iranian international film student in Philadelphia, in the U.S., meets an Afghan immigrant. He tries to talk to him about migration, displacement, and loneliness in their mother tongue, Persian.

  • Zardosht Afshari
    A Day with My Mother, Burning Smell of Stone
  • Zardosht Afshari
    A Day with My Mother, Burning Smell of Stone
  • Zardosht Afshari
    A Day with My Mother, Burning Smell of Stone
  • Prudence Katze
  • Javad Biglarzadeh
  • Saba Karami
  • Harold Batista
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Migeration, Mother Tongue, Iran
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 8, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - School of Film and Media Arts, Temple University
  • Bucknell Intercollegiate Film Festival
    Bucknell, Pennsylvania
    United States
    April 25, 2020
    World Premier
    Audience Choice Award
  • Pärnu Film Festival
    Pärnu and Tallinn
    October 17, 2020
    Europe Premiere
    Student Official Selection
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
    Clermont-Ferrand- Online Screening
    January 29, 2021
    France Premier
    “Short Film Market Picks”
  • Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
    Morgan Hill
    United States
    April 11, 2021
    California Premier
    Official Selection- Immigrants, Emigrants, and Refugees Section
Distribution Information
  • Zardosht Afshari
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Zardosht Afshari

Zardosht Afshari is an Iranian filmmaker whose short films have been screened in some international film festivals in the countries like the U.S, Iran, Poland, Croatia, India and Italy. He received his MA in dramatic literature from University of Tehran in Iran. He moved to the United States in 2019 and now he is the student of MFA program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia in the U.S.

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Director Statement

Afghanistan and Iran (my homeland) are neighbor countries. These two countries have similar cultures, similar foods, and similar languages. This is a short documentary with taste of migration in the U.S.