The Wind that Shakes the Sugar Canes

(Baad Dar Kestzar-ha-ye Neyshekar)


Written and Directed by: Ebrahim Ashrafpour

Producer: Saeed Shahsavari

Executive Producer: Ebrahim Ashrafpour

DoP: Hamid Dalvand

Editor: Parham Vafaei

Costume & Production Designer: Ebrahim Ashrafpour

Sound: Neda Mohseni

Makeup: Hourieh Moghaddasi

Visual Effects: Mohammad Mirvahabi

Cast: Ilia Habibi Rad (Younes), Mohammad Sadeghi Hassanvand (Bardi), Kazem Einali (Boss).

Iran, 2022, Canon EOS C200, DCP, 2K, Color, 1.85:1, 23.97 fps, 5.1, 85 mins.

Language(s): Farsi.



Younes’s father is arrested when the sugar factory boss accuses him of setting fire to the fields. When 11-year-old Younes, preparing himself for a football trial, finds out that at the night of the accident, his father, as a leading figure in the strikes and the protests, was busy at a meeting with the other workers, talking about their demands, he tries to bring the witnesses to the court. It is the starting point of his journey: a journey of forgetting his love for football and taking the pressure off his family….

Director’s View:

For years, the workers, employed by Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Argo-Industry Company in Khuzestan Province, have been protesting against the exploitative system, disregarding their rights and demands. As symbols of resistance against injustice and cruelty all over the country, they face constant threats, arrests, imprisonments, job dismissals and so on. While the system tries to ignore them, they go on with their fight against capitalism and exploitation…

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1984 in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Ebrahim Ashrafpour is a graduate of Directing (BA) from Soureh University and Production (MA) from IRIB University. THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE SUGAR CANES is his directorial debut feature.

Feature Films: 2022- The Wind that Shakes the Sugar Canes.


Festivals and Awards:

1- Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People (December 2022 – Greece).

  • Main Competition.
  • Greek Film Critics Association Award.

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

  • Cinema of World Section.

3- Universal Kids Film Festival (October 2023 – Turkey).

  • Official Selection.

4- Hof International Film Festival (October 2023 – Germany).

  • Films as a Catalyst for Change: Politics, Social Issues and the Environment.

5- CMS, International Children’s Film Festival (April 2024 – Lucknow, India).


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