Amir Masoud Soheili is an internationally awarded short filmmaker, Festival director and programmer. He has been one of the seven most honored Iranian short filmmakers in 2015.
Masoud Soheili was born in 1988 in Mashhad, Iran. He studied cinema in Indonesia and South Korea.
Just with His second short film “Blue eyed boy” (2014) he won 20 international awards from more than 140 international film festivals.
He was member of the juries of the 10th Yogya Netpac Asian Film Festival (2015) ,Viddsee Juree awards competition in Indonesia (2016), Avanca International Film Festival in Portugal (2016 and 2018), SAARC Film Festival in Sri Lanka (2017) and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in India (2018) and Malatya International Film Festival in Turkey(2018).
He is co-founder and creative director of “Asia Peace Film Festival” in Islamabad, Pakistan and programmer of “Changing Perspective Intentional Film Festival” in Istanbul,Turkey. He was also worked as a festival director of Inaugural “Safe Community” International Film Festival in Mashhad, Iran (2017) .
Once an 82-year-old Iranian female painter told me, “Artists should be brave, and always challenge themselves.” Since then I have always thought about what can be a challenge for a painter and for a filmmaker. While making this project, I finally experienced what she spoke about. Honestly, I enjoyed the process of making this film with all of its challenges, and because of that, I enjoyed the result even more.
We always experience a secure life. We can easily study, eat and travel around. For us, it’s a basic right, but after visiting Afghanistan where you have to struggle for such basic rights, I feel how much of a blessing they are. To study, to have warm clothes in winter, to have a place to stay is a dream for so many people over there. But that’s not everything. They have to struggle to stay alive, too.
With this film, I wanted to show a typical problem that Afghans face even now. In our countries, we can easily travel from one city to another, and it’s difficult to imagine that there are still places in the 21st century where people have to accept the risk of death if they want to travel to another city. We have got used to hearing about these issues from Afghanistan and it has become kind of normal in our minds, and even the media has stopped feeling sympathy for them. For that reason, I choose to tell a dramatic story in a comic mood, to break these stereotypes. I believe that the genre of comedy is the best way to treat this subject because it’s easier for people to understand and accept tough issues when you wrap it in a joke.
阿米尔·马苏德·索海利(Amir Masoud Soheili)是一位获得国际奖项的短片导演、电影节导演和程序员。他是2015年7位最受尊敬的伊朗短片制作人之一。
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