Between the Cliffs

(Miyan-e Sakhreh-ha)


Written & Directed by: Mokhtar Abdollahi

Producer: Mohammad Ahmadi

Production Company: Kavir Film Isatis

DoP: Hosein Seyedian

Editor: Emad Khodabakhsh

Music: Karang Karbasi

Production Designer: Mohammad Hassanzadeh

Sound Designer: Hossein Ghourchian

Sound-recordist: Erfan Rezaeian

Cast: Hamid Reza Gheibi (Ebrahim), Andia Yahyapour (Ilma).

Iran, 2022, Sony FS7, DCP, Color, 1.85:1, 5.1, 78 mins.

Language(s): Bakhtiari Dialect, Farsi.



A young boy and his little sister are obliged to take the cattle to a range in the heights of a mountain…

Director’s View:

It’s not important where you are living, what you are doing and how old you are… what’s important is that under any circumstance you are, you understand the true meaning of life so you can fight to reach your ideals… Because the biggest betrayal to yourself is betraying your dreams and that means not fighting to reach them…

To reach or not to reach… That’s not important.

Director’s Profile:

Born in Isfahan in 1976, Mokhtar Abdollahi is a graduate of Scriptwriting (BA). He is best known for his short story collection, “SEVEN” (2009), and his novel, “CUBIC MAN” (2012). In 2021, he made his debut feature film, BETWEEN THE CLIFFS, and entered the national competition section in Isfahan Children’s Film Festival, when the post production stages of the film were not completed and it was marked as a work in progress – however the film won Grand Prix and the Best Child Actress Award in the event.

Feature Films: 2022- Between the Cliffs.


Festivals and Awards:

1- Dhaka International Film Festival (January 2023 – Bangladesh).

  • Children’s Film Sessions.

2- BUFF Film Festival (March 2023 – Sweden).

3- CMS International Children’s Film Festival (April 2023 – Lucknow, India).

  • World Cinema.

4- Within the Family Film Festival (July 2023 – Russia).

  • Children’s Films Competition.
  • Best Film Award.
  • Best Performance Award (jointly to Hamid Reza Gheibi and Andia Yahyapour).

5- IFFT- BVB Manappuram International Children’s Film Festival of Kerala @ Thrissur – ICFFK (September 2023 – India).

6- Seoul International Children’s Film Festival (September 2023 – South Korea).

  • Open Cinema Section.

7- Wales International Film Festival (September 2023 – UK).

  • Best Foreign Language Film Nominee.

8- Cyrus International Film Festival (December 2023 – Canada).

  • Main Competition.

9- Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival (January 2024 – India).

  • Official Selection.

10- Within the Family – Echo Edition (March 2024 – Russia).

11- International Film Festival for Children and Youth “Hero” (May 2024 – Russia).

  • Competition.


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