Bandar Band


CAFILM STREAMING ROOM Fri, Oct 9 - Sun, Oct 18
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:75 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Manijeh Hekmat
Producer:Manijeh Hekmat
Mahshid Ahangarani Farahani
Screenwriter:Manijeh Hekmat
Mostafa Zandi
Cinematographer:Sajjad Avarand
Cast:Reza Koolghani
Pegah Ahangarani
Amir Hossein Taheri
Mahdieh Mousavi
Print Source:IRIMAGE
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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Director of 2002’s Women’s Prison and prolific producer of women’s issue films, Manijeh Hekmat brings her keen documentary eye and deep empathy for Iran’s regular folk to this song-infused road movie shot against the cataclysmic floods that submerged large swaths of the country in the spring of 2019. For Bandar Band’s three youthful musicians traveling to Tehran in hopes of a big break, the capital city means more than just a chance at stardom; it’s a gateway to the wider world. But roads have become rivers, and bridges impassable barriers as the waters rise. Encounters along the way with friends, rescue workers, and the displaced, tend to buoy the trio’s resolve, but as they find themselves fording the same waters time and again, their against-all-odds gumption begins to sink. By the end, an unreachable Tehran becomes less a metaphor for a better life than a reminder that what one does along the journey may be worth more than the destination itself.

Additional Information

Manijeh Hekmat is one of the prominent figures in political cinema in Iran. In 1995, she started her film career as a producer. In 2002, based on her studies and field-works, Hekmat directed her debut feature, Women’s Prison, on the situation of Iranian women prisoners. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2002. In 2007, her second film, Three Women, premiered at Berlinale and went on to screen at 80 international film festivals. As president of Bamdad Film Company, she has produced 16 feature films, as well as several shorts and documentaries.