Massoud Bakhshi

Born in Tehran, Iran, Massoud Bakhshi earned his high school diploma in photography and cinema (1990) and his BS in Agriculture Engineering (1995). He later studied filmmaking in Italy (1999) and Cultural Financement Formation in France (2005). He has worked as a film critic, screenwriter and producer.



A Respectable Family

DCP 90 mins Color/ Black and White, Persian with English and French subtitles 2012 Iran/France

  • Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Screenplay: Massoud Bakhshi (special thanks to Azad Jafarian)
  • Director of Photography: Mehdi Jafari
  • Sound: Bahman Heidari, Thomas Robert, Jean-Guy Veran
  • Editor: Jacques Comets
  • Art Director: Mahmoud Bakhshi
  • Music: Kayhan Kalhor
  • Makeup Artist: Navid Farahmarzi
  • Producers: Mohammad Afarideh, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin


Babak Hamidian, Mehrdad Sedighian, Ahou Kheradmand, Mehran Ahmadi, Parivash Nazarieh, Behnaz Jafari, Mehrdad Ziai, Yazdan Jamshidi, Matin Khatibi, Niki Nasirian, Davood Fathalibeigi, Sima Mobarakshahi, Parvin Meikadeh, Adnan Shahtalai, Hossein Moslemi, Majid Zarezadeh, Hassan Jodaky, Ebrahim Zarei, Mohammad Zolfaghari, Fatemeh Asghari, Behnam Davoodi, Davood Ghochagh, Simon Simonian

A co-production of: Firoozei Film with support of Sima Film (Iran) & JBA Production (France)


Iran today. The destiny of a man, Arash, in the whirlwind of intrigues and family vengeance. A modern "Cain and Abel".


  • World Premiere: Cannes 2012 Director's Fortnight
  • 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • 61st Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Amsterdam World Cinema Festival
  • 28th Warsaw International Film Festival


  • ARTE international prize, Cannes 2010, TFL public prize 2010
  • Nominated for Camera d'or Best First Film prize, Cannes 2012

Our Persian Rug

HD 49mins Color/B&W Persian with English subtitles 2010 Iran

  • Writer, Producer ,Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Photography: M.Bakhshi, Mahmoud Mahrumi
  • Editing: Alimohammad Ghasemi
  • Sound: Behrouz Shahamat
  • Designer: Reza Abedini
  • Narrators: Ali Mosafa, Leila Hatami
  • Produced by: Bon Gah


The perplexing memories of a young man who can't forget his past. At the center of this family history is a Persian rug that his grandmother once wove. Staring at this rug, he obsessively leafs through photo albums to see which of his family members are lying and which ones are telling the truth. In either case, no one is talking.


  • World Premiere: IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam), December 2010.
  • International and National competition, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. May 2011
  • International competition, Zagreb Dox Documentary Film Festival. February 2011.
  • International competition, Closing Film. Planet Doc Film Festival. May 2011. Nominated for the Magic Hour Award.
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Bagh Dad Bar Ber

35mm. 12 mins. Color. Arabic With English Subtitles. 2008.

  • Directed by: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Screenplay: Massoud Bakhshi, Peyman Maadi
  • Photography: Alimohammad Ghasemi
  • Art Director: Mahmoud Bakhshi
  • Editor: Azad Jafarian
  • Sound: Frashid Faraji
  • Executive Producer: Farhad Babaee
  • Cast: Adnan Shahtalaee, Danesh Eghbashavi, Majed Neisi, Jamal Nanavar, Maysam Bakhshi, Hossein Khamseh, Pouria Fallah, Saleh Akbari, Javad Abedin, Farhad Babaee, Mehdi Khodaveici, Amir Alizadeh
  • Produced by: DEFC, BON GAH, Massoud Bakhshi


A Baghdad barber has to pay the price for what he most desires.


Best Fiction Prize in Tempere International Film Festival March 2009


  • World Premiere - 61st Locarno Inetrnational Film Festival. Leopards of Tomorrow competition.
  • International Competition, 38th ROTTERDAM International Film Festival, Short: As Long As It Takes, Netherlands, January 2009
  • International Competition of 31st CLERMONT FERRAND International Short Film Festival, France, February 2009
  • 26th Miami International Film Festival, Shorts Competition, March 2009
  • 17th Art Film International Festival, June, 2009 Slovak Republic. International Competition.
  • 32 th Norwegian Short Film Festival ,July 2009 Norway. International Competition.
  • 16th Granada International Short film Festival ,Oct.2009 Spain . International Competition.
  • 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival-July 2009 Int'l Competition, South Korea
  • 8th Best of Short Films Festival Sep. 2009 Int'l Competition, France
  • 7th Signes De Nuit short film festival, June 2009 Int'l Competition, France
  • VILLAGES IN SHORT MoliseCinema Film Festival 2009, August 2009. Int'l Competition, Italy

Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!

35mm. 58 mins. Color/B&W. Farsi With English Subtitles.

  • Directed by: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Camera: Bayram Fazli


Tehran is a large village near the city of Rey, full of gardens and fruit trees. Its inhabitants live in anthill-like underground holes. The village’s several districts are constantly at war. Tehranis’ main occupations are theft and crime, though the king pretends they are subject to him. They grow excellent fruits, notably an excellent pomegranate, which is found only in Tehran.

Asar-o-Lblab, 1241 A.D.


  • Winner: Best Director, 11th House of Cinema Film Festival, 2007, Iran
  • Winner: Best Director, 25th Fajr Int. Film Festival, 2007, Iran
  • Winner: AVINI Prize for Best Documentary of the year 2007, Iran
  • Winner: Audience Award, CINEMA VERITE International Documentary Film Festival, 2007 Iran
  • Nominated for: Cinema Eye Award for Best Documentary Film, IFC,2009,USA
  • Best Documentary Prize; Bam Film Festivl,2010,Iran


  • 36th Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands
  • 20th International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam IDFA 2007
  • 51st Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
  • 30th Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
  • 1001 Istanbul Documentary Film Festival, Turkey 2007
  • Drake International Film Festival, Italy 2007
  • 13th Boston Festival of films from Iran, USA
  • CINEMA-VERITE International documentary film festival, Iran 2007
  • Cinema East Film Festival, NY, USA 2007
  • Doc Point Helsinki International Film Festival 2007
  • Ecocinema International Film Festival, Greece 2008
  • Human Rights International Film Festival, Switzerland 2008
  • UCLA Iranian Film Festival, USA 2008
  • Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Canada 2008
  • Planete Doc Review Film International Film Festival , Poland 2008
  • "Jeu de pomme" International film festival,France 2007
  • "Well-played" Iran-Arab Film Festival,Germany 2008
  • Full Frame International Documentary Film Festival USA 2008
  • "Flandres" International Film Festival Gent-Belgium 2008
  • 15th Alt?nkoza Film, Culture and Art Festival, Turkey 2008
  • Santiago International Film Festival SANFIC "Jewels of Middle- East," Chile, 2008
  • Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico, 2008
  • San Luis Cine International Festival Competition, Argentina, November 2008
  • Move Media Right Festival. Thailand, December 2008
  • Edinburgh: Film house Cinema, January 2009
  • Portland International Film Festival, Competition, 2009
  • All Roads International Film Festival, Competition ,USA , 2009
  • DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival, , Syria, March 2009
  • International Urban Film Festival, Iran, March 2009
  • Tribeca Film Center, USA, July 2009
  • "A Man's Shadow" Film Festival Int'l Competition, New Caledonia, November 2009
  • AAA/SVA Film, Video and Multimedia Festival Int'l Competition, Philadelphia USA, December 2009
  • New voices of Iran, Lincoln Center, NY, USA, December 2009
  • Best JVF films in Latin America Tour ,Paraguay, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela 2009-10
  • Australian Anthropology Society conference, Sydney, Australia, December 2009
  • Big Sky Int'l documentary Film Festival, Montana, USA, February 2010
  • Documentary Fortnight Festival, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA, Feb. March 2010
  • Best JVF films in Africa Tour ,Cameroon, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Benin, Ghana ,Burkina Faso 2010-11
  • Islam Today Film Festival ,Berkeley USA ,April 2010
  • 48th Ann Arbor Festival ,Int'l competition ,Michigan USA 23-28 March 2010




Lost Windows (Panjerehay–E-Gomshodeh)


  • Writer & Director : Massoud Bakhshi & Madjid Hamidian
  • Camera : Massoud Bakhshi
  • Editor : Alimohammad Ghasemi & Ramin Mohseni
  • Sound : Abdol reza Jalili


During the last two decades many Iranians escaped the country, seeking political asylum in Northern European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and France. This story continues to this day.


  • Yari film festival ,UPPSALA (Sweden, 2004)
  • Fajr Internatinal Film Festival (Iran,2004)
  • Berlin house of culture film festival (Germany,2005)

Praying for the Rain (Namaze Baran)

Docu-Fiction, 10', BetaSP, color, 2003

  • Writer, Producer, Cameraman & Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Editor & Sound mixer : Abdolreza Jalili


A story about people who believe that miracles are born from faith.


Best film prize in ECO-ETNO-FOLK film festival ROMANIA ,2004

When Behrang Meets Ayoumi (Vaghti Behrang Ayoumi ra Molaghat Mikonad)


  • Writer, Producer, Cameraman & Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Editor & Sound mixer : Abdolreza Jalili


“Behrang“ an Iranian musician meets “Ayoumi“ a Jananese artist in Kyoto. They play Bach together.


  • Tehran International Short Film Festival (Iran-2002)

Identification of a Woman (Shenasaeiye Yek Zan)

Documentary, 20', BetaSP, Color,1999.

  • Writer, Producer & Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Director of photography: Bahram Khodaveici
  • Editor: Mohsen Shahabi
  • Sound: Behrouz Shahamat


A retired woman who once worked at the factory making bulbs, talks about her life.


  • Audience award of EVRY film festival , France, 2002
  • Silver plaque of Montecatini Film Festival,Italy, 2000


  • Tehran International short Film Festival (Iran-1999)
  • Amsterdam Int. Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)(The Netherlands 1999)
  • Cinema Du Reel Film Festival (France-199)
  • Film, Video Montecatini Int.Film Festival (Italy- 2000)
  • Toronto worldwide short .Film Festival (Canada- 2001)

Cine Citta

Documentary, 30', BetaSP, color, 1999

  • Writer, Producer, Cameraman & Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Editor: Aman Shahlaei
  • Sound: Massoud Bakhshi


A documentary about Italian cinema, and film students in Rome.


  • Best Documentary in Tehran film festival, 2000
  • Iranian film critics award for Best Documentary, 2000