Wind of Change



Written & Directed by: Abbas Rafei

Producer: Ali Oji

Production Manager: Mohammad Heidargholi

DoP: Alireza Barazandeh

Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab

Music: Siavash Emamai

Production Designer: Abtin Barghi

Costume Designer: Pardis Rafei

Sound: Eshagh Khanzadi

Make-up: Shahram Khalaj, Reyhaneh Adelnezhad

Cast: Narges Mohmmadi (Sara), Fariba Naderi (Fariba), Hana Harandi (Shiva), Hediyeh Bazvand (Bank Manager), Mohammad Reza Sharifinia (Father), Maryam Boobani (Mother), Sam Nouri (Inspector).

Iran, 2023, DCP, 2K, Alexa, Color, 1.85:1, 5.1, 86 mins.

Language(s): Farsi.



When Sara wakes up in the morning, she finds out that her husband is missing. She and her teenage daughter are left without anyone to rely on. Along with one of the neighbors, they begin desperately seeking him. In a journey from the heart of darkness into the light, would they become resilient heroes of their own stories?

Director’s View:

In our traditional society, when women are either left alone by their husbands / partners or gotten sunk in the mourning for the men of their lives, there are a lot of cases seeking shelter in strong sedatives, alcoholic drinks or drugs. In this film, we are dealing with the women, choosing a different way: getting to know their own abilities, relying on their own potentials and standing against the problems…

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1962 in Shiraz, Abbas Rafei is a graduate of Cinematography (from University of Television) and Dramatic Literature. Rafei established his own film production company in 1995, when he made his first feature film, MINA’S SECRET. In the international scene, he is best known for BUTTERFLY IN THE WIND (presented at Rio, Oslo, Umea, Mannheim, etc. and awarded at Festival D’ Amiens) and OBLIVION SEASON.

His company, Filmnegaran, has been active in the production of TV Series, fiction films and documentaries and entered cooperation with a number of film production companies in different parts of the world.

Feature Films: 1997- Mina’s Secret; 2004- Butterfly in the Wind; 2006- The Path Taken; 2007- The sun shines on all equally; 2008- Rebirth; 2010- Elixir and Dust; 2011- The Meeting; 2011- Freeway; 2014- Oblivion Season; 2015- I’m not alone anymore; 2020- Consternation; 2021- Excused Absence; 2023- Wind of Change.


Festivals and Awards:

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

  • Cinema of World Section.

2- UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema (May 2023 – USA).

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

  • Best Foreign Language Film Nominee.

4- Silk Road International Film Festival (September 2023 – China).

  • Best Actress Award (Narges Mohammadi).

5- Asian Film Festival Barcelona (November 2023 – Spain).

  • NETPAC Competition.

6- Sofia MENAR – Sofia Middle East & North Africa Region Film Festival (January 2024 – Bulgaria).

  • Official Selection.

7- Kalaburagi International Film Festival (February 2024 – India).


External Links:

1- UCLA Intro.


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