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Za ra

To become an actress, a teenage girl decides to attend a mixed party of the school’s theater group and then she gets involved in a cycle of occurrences

  • Tahereh Fard
  • Elyas Askarpour
  • Saber Mostafapour
  • Tahereh Fard
  • Elyas Askarpour
  • Fatima Haghparast
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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  • Student Project:
  • The Salerno Film Festival
    SALERNO, Salerno 84121
    Official Selection
  • The Regina International Film Festival & Awards
    Regina, SK S4P 2Z5
    August 9, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Tahereh Fard, Elyas Askarpour

Tahereh Fard is an Iranian writer and director. She was born in 1989, in Mazandaran. 2012- BA in Accounting, Azad University of Chalous. 2017- BA in Illustration, University of Science and Technology of Chalous. 2019- studied Film at Iranian Youth Cinema Society. She holds diplomas in carpet design, Painting and Computer Graphics. In 2017 While pursuing her bachelor’s degree she participated in different Filmmaking projects, Installation, and editing workshops. Painting and writing led her to her main interests: Film making. She began making short films. In her works, Tahereh makes an effort to explore people’s inner lives, women’s social and personal issues, shame, and struggles with their deepest fears through different art forms and media.
Filmography: Za ra – 2021 – short film / Promise – 2019 – student film

Elyas Askarpour is an Iranian writer and director. He was born 1986 in Mazandaran, Iran. 2011- BA in Particle Physics, Mazandaran University. 2017- studied Film at Iranian Youth Cinema Society. An interest in cinema led Askarpour to begin studying editing and after effect and work in short films and documentaries as an Editor and after effect supervisor . He began making short films. To date, he has made three independent short films and work as an Editor and after effect supervising in many projects. Now he teaching cinema in IYCS.
Filmography: Za ra–2021–short film/Performancer–2019–short film/Frame–2017–student film

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Director Statement

Zahra is a teenage girl, and she lives in a traditional and religious family. She loves acting and is very interested in the “Joker” character. At school, Without the permission of her family, she approaches the theater group and realizes that she can join their group when she attends their party. She agrees to attend their party. This party is not an ordinary party and it has been prepared for Zahra to lose her virginity, her virginity caused her to be ridiculed at school. Zahra faces the biggest challenge of her life, a challenge that may leave her with no way back!

The next issue mentioned in this film is the influence of foreign cultures among the new generation of Iranians (The items mentioned in the film: Romeo and Juliet Theater, comic book characters, Halloween party and …). Iran's traditional and religious context gradually loses its value and is replaced by intercultural relations. Society and the government, because they can not adapt to change, usually resort to force, and the government usually fights with the hijab police against the bad hijab of the people. The school’s theater group is a Symbol of new culture among Iranian teenagers. At the end, Zahra enters to new stage of her life and the deletion of "H" from her name shows this. The new generation is on the rise, and they are fighting hard against the forces that are blocking their liberty!

The story of the film is told by intertextual relations between life, theater and cinema. For example, the character "Elahe":
1. As "Elahe", she sees Zahra as a representative of a group that was deprived of her liberty and seeks revenge on her.
2. As "Juliet", she seeks to calm down "Romeo"(Shervin) and tries to introduce Zahra and Shervin to each other.
3. Finally, as Vendetta, she seeks to strengthen the group.