Junks & Dolls

(Ashghal-ha va Arousak-ha)


Directed by: Manijeh Hekmat

Written by: Manijeh Hekmat, Mehrave Ferdosi

With Special Thanks to: Mahsa Mohebali

Producers: Manijeh Hekmat, Mahshid Ahangarani Farahani

Production Company: Bamdad Film

Executive Producer: Pouria Souri

Production Manager: Daryosh Hekmat

DOP: Mohammad Reza Janpanah

Editors: Mostafa Kherghehpoosh, Sepehr Mahdaviani

Music: Heydar Sajedi

Production Designer: Morteza Farbod

Costume Designer: Nazi Khatami

Sound Mix: Iraj Shazadi

Sound-recordist: Soheil Motevalli

Make-up: Babak Eskandari

Cast: Behdokht Valian (Shali), Mohammad Valizadegan (Elias), Reza Koolagahni (Shirou), Raja Jafari (Pegah), Jahan Yaghoubi, Yamna Hosseinzadeh (Nargol).

Iran, 2023, RED, DCP, 2K, Color / B&W, 2:1, 5.1, 76 mins.

Original Language: Farsi.



A couple is destined to build up their life in the heart of a waste depot in the heart of Iranian north forests. They begin making different things with the junks they find and making friends with the other people… but what remains of the people who are determined to fight their nature?

Director’s View:

Sometimes, when expelled, Adam and Eve find themselves in the middle of a wasteland and struggle to build a small heaven on the Earth for the sake of their love to each other and to the Mother Nature – however they are destined to be expelled time and time again…

In order to go through this story, for a while, we lived in a real waste depot which is swallowing the northern forests in Iran.

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1962, Manijeh Hekmat is one of the prominent figures in political cinema in Iran. In 1995, she started her film career as a producer. In 2002, based on her long studies and field-works, Hekmat directed her debut feature, WOMEN’S PRISON, on the situation of Iranian women prisoners. The film was premiered in Venice Film Festival and then entered the festival circuit. In 2007, her second film, THREE WOMEN, was shown in more than 80 international film festivals starting with Berlinale. She has also directed a number of documentaries – most notably NGOS IN IRAN (2003); ME, MY ROOM AND MY FRIENDS (2004); HUNDRED YEARS PARLIAMENT IN IRAN (2005); WOMEN COME OUT OF THE HOUSE (2006); and THE LULLABY (2016). In 2020, despite the festival cancellations, she made a spectacular comeback to the festival circuit with her 4th feature film, BANDAR BAND, participating in Toronto, Zurich, Mill Valley, Bosphorous, Hainan, etc. and winning the main award in Kolkata.

Up to now, as president of Bamdad Film Company, she has produced 16 feature films– such as THE GIRL IN THE SNEAKERS (1999); THERE ARE THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW (2009); NO ENTRY FOR MEN (2011); CITY OF THE MICE (2014); GAP (2014) – and several shorts and documentaries.

Feature Films: 2002- Women’s Prison; 2008- Three Women; 2018- Old Road; 2020- Bandar Band; 2022- 19; 2023- Junks and Dolls.


Festivals & Awards:

1- Kolkata International Film Festival (India – December 2023).

  • Special Screening.

2- International Film Festival of Kerala (India – December 2023).

  • World Cinema.

3- Dhaka International Film Festival (Bangladesh – January 2024).

  • Best Film Award in the Women Filmmakers Competition.

4- Women’s International Film Festival (India – February 2024).

  • World Cinema.

5- Phoenix Film Festival (USA – March 2024).

  • World Cinema Competition.

6- SIEFF – Seoul International Eco Film Festival (South Korea – June 2024).

  • International Competition.


World Sales:

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Festivals: kamyar@irimageco.com