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, the 17th Shnit Worldwide Short Film Festival in Switzerland, as well as the 2nd Best of Fests of the North Texas Film Festivals and the 21st Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival in the US.
The short film is also scheduled to go on screen at the International Regensburg Short Film Week in Germany, the 2020 Beirut International Women Film Festival in Lebanon, and the 29th Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival in the US.
The Trenton Film Festival screens new, cutting-edge film of various genres from around the world, offering filmmakers the opportunity to interact with audiences and connect with other filmmakers at various stages in their career, according to an online film submission platform.
The 13th edition of the festival will take place in the city of Trenton on March 26-29, 2020.