Bandar Band

Manijeh Hekmat

Feature Film
International Feature Film Competition

This film has been nominated for the Audience Award endowed with 1,000 euro. Please vote after watching the movie.
You can find an overview of all nominated films here.

Three young musicians from an Iranian province want to enter a competition in Tehran. It could be just the chance the band needs to launch their international career. They set off in their minibus, all fired up and full of hope. But huge floodwaters have left countless roads completely blocked. The three protagonists meet one hitch after another en route and are forced to perform some spur-of-the-moment rescue acts. But, with their goal seemingly drifting further and further away, they’re not ready to quit their dreams just yet.

Manijeh Hekmat is a respected and renowned director in Iran. She’s more than familiar with the issue of censorship in the country, so her film’s dialogue contains plenty of subtle political pointers along the way. And you can’t miss the metaphors for the situation in the film’s visuals either. They tell the story of a dream for a life of freedom that waits expectantly on the horizon, and of the freedom that lies in music. The floods caused by heavy thunderstorms threw the shooting plans off course, leading to improvised scenes that give the film real authenticity and an almost documentary-like impact. In her likeable road movie, Manijeh Hekmat creates a visual homage to the landscapes of Iran and a portrait of a young generation not willing to let obstacles hold them back.

In cooperation with Visions of Iran.


Manijeh Hekmat


Manijeh Hekmat, Mostafa Zandi


Sajjad Avarand


Navid Tohidi


Arash Ghasemi


Farshad Fozouni


Reza Koolghani, Pegah Ahangarani, Amir Hossein Taheri, Mahdieh Mousavi


Manijeh Hekmat, Mahshid Ahangarani Farahani – Bamdad Film


Yasmin Khalifa – KapFilme



Director Manijeh Hekmat stands behind a camera with headphones on.

Manijeh Hekmat

Manijeh Hekmat is one of the most important exponents of political cinema in Iran. Born 1962 in Arak, she began her filming career with her own experimental projects and started working as a producer in 1995. Her debut feature film Women’s Prison is based on detailed research into the situation of women in Iranian prisons, and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2002. Her second feature film Three Women debuted at the Berlinale in 2008 and has been screened at over 80 festivals. Manijeh Hekmat has also directed several documentary films as well as produced 16 feature films plus various documentary and short films.

Films by Manijeh Hekmat (Selection)
Old Road 2018 | Three Women 2008 | Women’s Prison 2002