Mohammad-Reza Keivanfar’s ‘Among the Hills’ succeeded to win the Feature Film Award at the 4th edition of the Dutch film festival.
‘Among the Hills’ is about the adventures of a teacher named Amir. Amir enters a strange border area. He is supposed to teach in a nomadic school.
This school is an old bus with no students which is rented by the Education Office. The bus owner comes to take the bus. Amir enters nomadic life and asks the parents to help him keep the school. He notices the problems of nomadic women and children and faces self-immolation, poor health, ethnic intolerance and hard living conditions for girls in the region.
Due to the difficult circumstances, Amir must decide whether to continue his efforts or return to the city.
The film has been also screened at the 2020 edition of the Netherlands Film Festival, the 2019 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea and the 26th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France.
The MENA Short Film Festival is a platform to display the best feature films and documentaries from the Middle East and North Africa to be judged by a panel of international jury as well as the audiences.
The film event was held on June 11-13, 2020 in Hague, the Netherlands.