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"DAY BREAK" (Dame Sobh)

A Production of Prometheus Cinema
Director and Producer: Hamid Rahmanian
Scriptwriter: Mehran Kashani, Hamid Rahmanian
Artist Consultant to the Director: Melissa Hibbard
Director of Photography: Byrom Fazli
Visual and Sound Editor: Ebrahim Saeedi
Sound Mixer: Tony Volante
Original Score: David Bergaud, Fred Seldon
Managing Producer: Vahid Nikhah Azad
Production Manager: Hamid Molavi
Cast: Hossein Yari, Zabi Afshar, Atash Taghipour, Maryam Amirjallali and Hoda Nasseh
85 min, Color, 35mm, 2005

In Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender’s life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside Tehran's century-old prison - revolves around the imminent execution of Mansour, a man found guilty of murder. When the family of the victim does not show up on the appointed day of the sentencing, Mansour’s execution is postponed again and again. Stuck inside the purgatory of his own mind, he waits as time passes on without him, caught between life and death, retribution and forgiveness.


Hamid Rahmanian is a filmmaker and graphic designer. He holds a B.F.A. from the university of Tehran in Graphic Design and earned a M.F.A. in Computer Animation in 1997 from Pratt Institute in New York City. He received “The First Place College Award” (a student Emmy) from the Academy of Television Arts and Science and was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his animation, THE SEVENTH DAY, among other awards in 1997. His first 35 mm film , a 19 minute experimental short, AN I WITHIN, received Kodak’s “Best Cinematography Award” and “Best American Short” from the LA Int’l short film festival. Mr. Rahmanian has made three documentaries on Video: BREAKING BREAD (2000), SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (2001) and SHAHRBANOO (2002), all of which have been well received by the media and worldwide audiences. In 2003, Mr.Rahmanian co-established ARTEEAST. He works as the adviser of film programs for Cinema East, which is now in its 5th Season. He has currently completed his first feature length film entitled DAY BREAK.


  • The Seventh Day
  • An I Within
  • Breaking Bread
  • Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Shahrbanoo
  • Day Break
  • Animation
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Feature
  • 6 min
  • 19 min
  • 54 min
  • 29 min
  • 57 min
  • 85 min
  • 1996
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2005

  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival ( 9 – 18 Sep 2005/ Canada)
  • Reykjavik Int'l Film Festival (29 Sep – 9 Oct 2005/ Iceland)
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center School of the Art Instituteof Chicago (Oct 2005/ USA)
  • Flanders Int'l F.F (11 – 22 Oct 2005/ Belgium)
  • Montreal New Cinema Int'l Film Festival (13 – 23 Oct 2005/ Canada)
  • Kerala Int'l Film Festival (9 – 16 Dec 2005/ India)
  • Festival Int'l du Premier Film D' Annonay (3 – 13 Feb 2006/ France)
    Winner of the Special Jury Award
  • Bangkok International Film Festival (17 – 27 Feb 2006/ Thailand)
  • Cinema Novo Int’l Film Festival (9 – 19 Mar 2006/ Belgium)
  • Festival Cinema Africano, Asia & America Latina in Milano (20 – 26 Mar 2006/ Italy)
    Winner of the Special Jury Mention
  • Nat Film Festival (24 Mar – 9 Apr 2006/ Denmark)
  • Molodist Int'l Film Festival (8 – 14 April 2006/ Kyiv)
  • Tribeca Film Festival (25 April – 7 May 2006/ USA)
  • Shanghai Int’l Film Festival (17 – 25 June 2006/ China)
  • Umea Int’l Film Festival (16 – 22 Sep 2006/ Sweden)
  • Hamburg Int’l Film Festival (22 – 29 Sep 2006/ Germany)
  • Oslo Film from The South (5 – 15 Oct 2006/ Norway)
  • Sao Paulo Film Festival (21 Oct – 3 Nov 2006/ Brazil)
  • International Festival of Cinema and Religion today (Oct 2006/ Italy)
    Winner of the Best Actor Mr. Yari
  • Frankfurt Int’l Film Festival (2 – 11 Nov 2006/ Germany)
  • Istanbul Int'l Film Festival  (16 – 25 Feb. 2007/ Turkey)

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