Towards the end of 2007, when our fears of a military conflict between the U.S. and Iran were at their peak, Make Films Not War resolved to use images and stories to continue building a cultural bridge between our two societies, even as our governments ratcheted up their language of war.

We made contact with award-winning Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (HALF MOON, TURTLES CAN FLY, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES), and discussed how best to go about this. We decided to commission five up-and-coming Iranian filmmakers, two of them as young as 10 and 13, to produce a series of short videos on the themes of war and peace. Ghobadi's company, Tehran based MIJ Productions, co-produced.

We hope you enjoy these Video Postcards from Iran, and we encourage you to share them with your friends and family. As the political drama unfolds, and the threat of conflict remains all too real, Make Films Not War believes that we need more cultural exchange and more cross-cultural understanding to offset the efforts of those who would put us on a path to war.

Nahid Ghobadi, has directed five short films (CLOSED CIRCLE, FIRST JOURNEY, BUILD OUR HOMELAND, LAST FEVER, and A SIMPLE EXCUSE FOR HAPPINESS). She was script supervisor on TURTLES CAN FLY, Assistant Director of MAROONED IN IRAQ and co-editor of HALF MOON. She is also a published poet.

About ‘The Soldier and the Road’
This quiet film speaks to universal feelings of loss during wartime; without saying a word. An elderly woman makes a long hike through the snow-covered hills to meet a soldier at the side of the road. What she receives from the soldier can never replace what she has lost.

Director: Nahid Ghobadi
Written by: Nahid Ghobadi
Edited by: Nahid Ghobadi
Cameraman: Fardin Batmani
Editing Operator: Farshid Farokh Nia
Sound: Farshid Farokh Nia
Cast: Jalal Vaisi
Tala Samadi

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