(Shekastan-e Hamzaman-e Bist Ostekhan) aka Rona; Azim’s Mother

Drama, 88 min, 2018, Color, Iran/Afghanistan

Director: Jamshid Mahmoudi

Writer: Jamshid Mahmoudi

Producer: Navid Mahmoudi

Cast: Mohsen Tanabandeh, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Fatemeh Hosseini, Fereshteh Hosseini, Fatemeh Mirzaei, Alireza Ostadi


Azim is an Afghan refugee living in Tehran along with his family. Being the head of entire family, he arranges for his brother Faroogh and his family along with their mother to be smuggled into Germany. But at the last moment Faroogh shamefully decides not to take their mother with him. Azim, who feels lonely and is furious, accidentally finds out that his mother is in dire need of a kidney transplant. During his search for a donor, he discovers that Iranians are not legally permitted to donate their organs to foreigners. Now he has to choose between his own life and his mother’s, whom he has always claimed as the most important one in his life.

Director’s Bio:

Jamshid Mahmoudi was born in 1983 in Afghanistan. He was hardly one-year-old when his family sought refuge in Pakistan, and then in lran. In 2012 he directed his first feature, A few Cubic Meters of Love, inspired by a true story that took place in Kabul. The film was very well received by the international audience and was selected as the Afghan representative for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Rona is his second feature film as the director and scriptwriter.


Busan international film festival 2018

rona awards