As the latest attempt to bring a real POW’s story to the big screen, Mehdi Jafari’s film is based on “Those 23 Individuals”, the memoirs of Ahmad Yousefzadeh, one of the 23 volunteers who were held captive in Iraq.
‘The 23’ narrates the life and wartime experiences of 23 Iranian teenage volunteers who were captives during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
The project was financed by Tehran-based Owj Arts and Media Organization which produces revolutionary works in art and cinema.
‘The 23’ received a largely positive reaction from the audience at its 37th Fajr premiere.
The flick previously grabbed six National Will Manifestation awards of the 37th Fajr Film Festival in Iran. It has also been named the film of the year by Iranian National Commission for UNESCO.