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"FROM LAND OF SILENCE" (Sakenin Sarzamine Sokoot)

Director & Scriptwriter: Saman Salur
Director of Photography: Masood Salami
Sound: Roohollah Jafar Begloo
Editor: Saman Salur
Music: Mehrdad Nosrati
Cast: Hossein Bande-Ali, Hassan Bande-Ali, Omid Rokhafrooz, Roohollah Farokh Nejad
Executive producer: Sassan Salur
Production: Saman Salur
70 min, Color, 35 mm, 2004

In the hard and harsh geographic area of the desert, two young brothers try to survive: one by feeding opium to the camels that carry contraband, the other by stealing diesel fuel from the trucks and then selling it to the drivers. Along comes a depressed man who wants to take refuge in his hometown. He will give them a new conception of life.


Born in 1976, Saman Salur is a graduate of Sureh College in Cinema. He has been assistant director and programmer in three long features, and has made many short films and documentaries for TV. His first short film "Eightieth Minute" was chosen as the best film in The Young Crescent Festival 2000 in Tehran and "The Wind Will Comb Your Tresses" was very well received by International Film Festivals around the world such as Venice , Berlin , . . . . "From Land of Silence" is his first feature film.


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  • Venice Int'l Film Festival (Settimana Internazionale della Critica) (1 – 11 Sep 2004/Italy)
  • Hamburg Int'l Film Festival (23 – 29 Sep 2004/Germany)
  • Festival Do Rio (23 Sep – 7 Oct 2004/ Brazil)
  • Human Rights Film Festival in Spain (14 – 20 Oct 2004/ Spain)
  • World Film festival of Bangkok( 15 – 24 Oct. 2004 Thailand)
  • CJ Asian Independent Film Festival (20 – 24 Oct 2004/ Korea)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago (1 – 31 Oct 2004/ USA)
  • Sao Paulo Film Festival (20 Oct – 4 Nov 2004/ Brazil)
  • Zlin Int'l Film Festival (29 May – 4 June 2005/ Czech)
  • Cinequest Film Festival (2005/ USA)
  • Sofia Int'l Film Festival (2005/ Bulgaria)
    Winner of the Jury Special Mention
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    Winner of the FIPRESCI Award of the Jury
  • Int'l Meeting of Cinema & History (3 – 10 Dec 2005/ Turkey)
  • Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival (April 2006/ USA)
  • Human Rights Film Festival in Sau Paulo (Nov 2006/ Brazil)

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