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"Of Men and Motorcycles" (An Mard Motor Darad)

Director: Shahriar Siami Shal
Director of Image: Mehdi Malekzadeh
Cameraman assistant: Mohammad Abdollahi
Editor: Mozhgan Kamarei
Production Maganger: Dawood Fourughi
Music: “Kiosk” (Iranian Band)
Advisor: Pirouz Kalantari
Executive Producer: Maziar Bahari
Producer: Saeid Rashtian
Produced with the support of BBC World Service Trust
Color, DVCam, 16:9, 26 min, 2008, Iran & UK

Unemployment is one of the major social problems of the current Iranian society. Tehran with around twenty million inhabitants and millions of vehicles has one of the heaviest traffic congestion in the world. The challenge for punctuality is one of the people’s main concerns consequently. Amid such chaos, motorcycles driving at high speed and being allowed to enter the traffic restricted zones have become a popular means of transportation. “Of Men and Motorcycles” depicts Abbas and a widespread group of young Tehranis who have lost their jobs and are obliged to make a living by transporting people or messages by motorcycle.


Born in 1972, Shahriyar Siami Shal is a graduate of English language. He initially commenced his cinematic career by attending several cinema courses such as directing and editing also making a few short documentaries when he was passing his first course. In 2000 he made his first professional documentary “The Secret of Woodcock” for Iranian television. He has made several documentary films and series for TV. Later in 2008, he took part in the BBC World Service Trust workshop where he made “Of Men & Motorcycles”.


  • The Secret of Woodcock
  • Uninvited Gust
  • A Home for everybody
  • Overpass bridge
  • As high as Kurit
  • The new step
  • The paradise of birds
  • Nordic Migrants
  • Rahayesh
  • The Wetlands of Iran
  • Of Men and Motorcycles
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  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (15 Jan 2010/ USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (28 and 30 Jan 2010/ USA)


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