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True Story - Completed 2020

It's the story of a man who has to bear the loss of his three children and loving wife, after the chemical attacks by Iraqi forces.

& Awards

38th Fajr International Film Festival Iran 2020
competition section- won the award of Best Actor for Payman Maadi and Best Director for Mohammadhossain Mahadavian
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • True Story, Family, Drama
    • Countries
    • IRAN
    • Duration
    • 106 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mohammadhossein MAHDAVIAN DIVKALAEE
    • Writer(s)
    • Ebrahim AMINI , Hasan HASANI
    • Producer(s)
    • Seyedmostafa HAJIAHMADKASHI
    • Synopsis
    • Ghader Molanpour lives in a border village with his pregnant wife and three children happily up to the day an Iraqi fighter, on its way back from Sardasht chemical bombing, drops its only bomb left on the village leaving Ghader's loved ones chemically injured. Ghader arrives in the village and takes his wife and children to the hospital. Maryam, Ghader's wife is eight months pregnant, hence they do not let her move, but her three children are transferred to other cities. Ghader tries hard to keep his three seven to eight- year-old children alive, but unfortunately lose them one by one due to the sever exposure. Ghader keeps their death from Maryam so that she could conceive her baby without grief or stress. The baby is born, but Maryam dies during the delivery and Ghader is now alone with a new born baby. The man could no longer endure the pain and finally explodes and screams at the doctor blaming him for his wife's death. He reproaches the doctor for not ending the pregnancy in favor of the mother's health. Ghader buries Maryam too beside his children beneath a walnut tree in his village. The doctor comes and reveals that Maryam herself was aware of the danger still insisted on giving birth. The doctor also told Ghader that Maryam had already been informed about the death of her children and sacrificed herself to gift her husband this baby. She had even decided on a name, " Zhina" meaning life before her death. Bursting into tears, Ghader heads to the hospital to bring his wife's only gift back home but due to the improper condition of the hospital, new-born babies are transferred to other cities and Ghader loses his only child too in that chaos.
      Years later, he is being asked to testify against the use of weapons of mass destruction on Sardasht city and there he talks to her lost Zhina and wants her to hear his voice but no luck.
      Ghader looks for Zhina everywhere to the last day of his life and in the end dies without having the chance to see her.