Hana Makhmalbaf

I was absolutly amazed and astronished when I opened the tv last night and saw amazing filming along with photography of boys placing a paper bag over a young girls head ready to stone her to death…

When the film finished I noted producers and searched the net and discovered this young and talented artist from Iran

BRAVO!!!  more films like this must be made on humanity issues of the peoples world…

Interview with Hana about her cast…


Images (courtesy Makhmalbaf Film House)

Hana Makhmalbaf

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Hana Makhmalbaf receiving the Cyclo d’Or at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in 2009

Hana Makhmalbaf (Persian: حنا مخملباف ‎) (born September 3, 1988 in Tehran) is an Iranian filmmaker. She is the younger sister of filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf and daughter of filmmakers Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Makhmalbaf.


Her first short film was shown at the Locarno Film Festival in TicinoSwitzerland when she was eight years old. Her first full film was in 2003 and entitled Joy of Madness. The film is a documentary about the making of Samira’s At Five in the Afternoon. Hana was able to take advantage of being only 14 to amass much candid digital footage when Samira was trying to persuade Afghan people to take part in her film. The disadvantage was that she was nearly forbidden from being at its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. This is because the film was unrated and Italy has rules concerning minors attending unrated films.[citation needed]

Her first feature film, Buddha Collapsed out of Shame won an award at Festival du nouveau cinéma in MontrealCanada in 2007, as well as two awards from San Sebastian International Film FestivalSpain.

Her second feature, Green Days premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. Begun as a documentary about the run-up to the recent elections in Iran, it was completed by inter-cutting scenes of the post-election violence garnered from cell-phone and other amateur videos circulating anonymously.

Nineteen-year-old Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf (daughter of Mohsen and younger sister of Samira) presented “Buda az sharm foru rikht”) in the section Generation Kplus (for children of 11 years and older) at the Berlinale 2008. Apart from winning the principal prize of that section, the film also received the 23rd Film Peace Prize, awarded by the IPPNW. It tells the story of 5-year-old Bakhtay who lives in the Afghan town of Bamiyan where in 2001 the Taliban blew up the famous Buddha statues that were carred into the rock about 1,500 years ago. Bakhtay desperately wants to go to school, but then she is confronted with the brutal war games of the boys of the neighbourhood, who take her prisoner and threaten to stone her to death…

This is how Hana Makhmalbaf responded to the questions of the audience after the screening. As you will notice, some of the questions were asked by kids…

In Farsi with English subtitles. Added pictures have been taken from the website http://www.makhmalbaf.com, the added music is the beginning of the song “Bade Saba”, by Sussan Deyhim.


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