Private Project

The rift

Due to land subsidence, a mine collapses. A mining engineer, Mehran, is stuck underground. Mehran’s wife along with one of the older workers of the mine named Yahya, having lost hope in the emergency relief unit, begin to look for a solution to help the trapped miners themselves. Yahya knows that the water pipes of the village go through the mine; therefore, he tries to save the trapped miners through the pipes.

  • Arash Pournamdarian
  • Arash Pournamdarian
  • Ashkan Ahmadi
  • Arash Pournamdarian
  • Leyla Naderenejad
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Asadi"
  • Mohsen Taj Amini Saba
    Key Cast
    "Uncle Yahya"
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  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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    UHD 4K
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Director Biography - Arash Pournamdarian

I was born in Hamedan of Iran in 1975. I have a B.A. in Graphic design. I started my carrier with photography when I was a student in 1988. I started professional filmmaking in 2000 by Making industrial and Advertising films. I have made 2 short films 1 long film, and 100 documentary, industrial & advertising films far and have participated in national and International film festivals. I also served as cinematographer, animator 3D, 2D & stop motion, editor, cg supervisor, Areal photographer, color grader and sound Editor in several films.

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Director Statement

Due to the uncontrolled abstraction of water and the water crisis in the desert areas of Iran, especially Kashan (the location of the film), very large gaps have been created in the desert. These gaps mean subsidence and filling of groundwater aquifers, and it has consequences such as the inability of the earth to retain water. This causes water to flow on the ground and cause floods, as well as water shortages. The story of this film tries to take a step to draw the audience's attention to these issues. Because in addition to the problem of water shortage, landslides also cause damage in rural areas, which is discussed in the film.