Digital Screening Room Wed, May 6, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Pesar-Madar
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Family Drama
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Release Year:2019
Runtime:102 min
Czech Republic
Festivals & Awards:Zurich Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Beta Cinema
Director:Mahnaz Mohammadi
Producer:Kaveh Farnam
Mohammad Rasoulof
Farzad Pak
Cinematographer:Askhan Askhani
Screenwriter:Mohammad Rasoulof
Editor:Mohammadreza Muini
Composer:Amir Molookpour
Principal Cast:Raha Khodayari
Mahan Nasiri
Reza Behboodi
Shiva Ordooie


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

On the edge of financial ruin, a desperate widow accepts a marriage proposal whose consequences could destroy her son.

Weighed down by ever-worsening sanctions, life in Iran has become increasingly grim. Leila works at a factory, struggling to make ends meet. To make matters worse, rumors have it that the factory is soon to shut its doors. Enter Kazem, a bus driver who has financial security and who proposes marriage to Leila. However, Leila has a 12-year-old son and Kazem has a daughter of the same age, and their small community and religious beliefs dictate that the boy must be placed in another family, since having unmarried, unrelated teenagers under the same roof would be a no-no. Documentary filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi has crafted a heartbreaking and compassionate film that will leave viewers astounded.

Director Biography

Mahnaz Mohammadi

Born in Tehran in 1975, Mahnaz Mohammadi is a filmmaker, actor, and women's rights activist whose activities have kept her under constant scrutiny and even arrest by the Iranian government. Her films include the short documentary “Women Without Shadows” (2003) and the feature documentary Travelogue (2010).


"A simple story told simply, documentarian Mahnaz Mohammadi's entry into feature-length fiction filmmaking will break your heart." - The Globe and Mail (Toronto)