Directed by Marzieh Riahi, the short film is about Bahareh, who must have her traditional chauvinistic husband accompany her during driving lessons so that she and her instructor are not left together without a third party’s presence.
‘Driving Lessons’ is starring Linda Kiani, Alireza Sanifar, Salar Khamseh, and Sanaz Mesbah.
The short film has received a number of awards at events such as the 16th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival in Armenia, the 2019 “I Will Tell” international film festival in the UK, the 2019 Topaz Film Festival by Women in Film Dallas in the US, the 22nd Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, the 13th Film Festival for Women's Rights in South Korea, the 20th Ojai Film Festival in the US, and qualification for the short film category of the Oscars 2020.
‘Driving Lessons’ has gone on screen at several global events, including the 49th Tampere Film Festival in Finland, the 59th Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia, as well as the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival, the 2020 Big Muddy Film Festival, the 2020 Houston Iranian Film Festival, and the 50th Nashville Film Festival, all in the US, as well as the 12th Elles Tournent Festival in Belgium, the 2020 Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh, the 10th Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan, the 32nd Exground Film Festival in Germany, and the 17th Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival in Switzerland.
More than 35 award-winning feature and short films from 18 festivals will compete during the event in the US city of Dallas on February 27-March 1, 2020.