Majid Majidi


Majidi (Teheran, 1959) is a director, screenwriter, actor and producer. He started acting as a fourteen-year old boy in amateur theatre troupes and later studied at the Institute for Drama Arts in Teheran. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, he started to act in different films such as Boycott (Baykot, 1985) by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. He began directing in 1981, when he made his short documentary Enfejar (1981). After many short films in 1992, he wrote the screenplay for and directed his first feature film Baduk. After two medium-length films he made the feature drama Father (Pedar, 1996). He was the first Iranian director ever to be nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Foreign Film for Children Of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman, 1997) in 1999. He also made Color of Paradise (Rang-e khoda, 1999) and Baran (2001), Weeping Willow (Beed-e majnoon, 2005) and The Song of Sparrows (Avaze gonjeshk-ha, 2008). He made a documentary Pa berahneh ta Herat (Barefoot to Hera) about refugee camps in Afghanistan in 2001.


Films by this director



Directed by: Majid Majidi
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mohammad Davudi

A group of Kurds and several illegal Afghanis work on a construction site in Teheran. Among them is Najaf, a widower with a large family. When he injures his leg, his son Rahmat replaces him at work. Seeing how fragile and weak the boy is, a supervisor puts the stronger Lateef in Rahmat’s position. Because of the new job, Lateef treats Rahmat with cruelty but soon he realizes the boy’s secret…

color, 94 min

Colour of Paradise

(Rang-e khoda, 1999)

Directed by: Majid Majidi
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mohammad Davudi

Mohammad is a smart boy full of love for life. He attends a school for the blind in Teheran, but does not allow the fact that he is blind to limit him. When school finishes for the year and summer vacation starts he cannot wait to return to his hometown and see his family. While his grandmother and two sisters look forward to his return, his father does not know how to treat the handicapped boy. He has not told his fiancée that he has a son and he constantly transfers responsibility for the boy...

color, 90 min

Children of Heaven

(Bacheha-Ye aseman, Iran, 1997)

Directed by: Majid Majidi
PHOTOGRAPHY: Parviz Malekzaade

Returning home from the shoemaker, Ali loses his younger sister Zahra’s shoes. Fearing punishment and knowing that his parents have no money for new shoes, the children decide to keep it a secret. The solution they come up with is to share Ali’s shoes until they find the money to buy new ones for Zahra. The plan is that Zahra wears the shoes to school in the morning and gives them to Ali for the afternoon shift…

color, 89'


(Pedar, 1996)

Directed by: Majid Majidi
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mohsen Zolnavar

After their father’s death, fourteen-year-old Mehrollah is alone with his mother and three younger sisters. As the new head of the family, he goes south looking for a job so he can support his family. After some time, having managed to save enough money, he returns to his hometown with presents. Surprised and angry, he realizes that his mother has remarried to a policeman and moved to a new house. Unwilling to accept his stepfather, Mehrollah stays in the old house.

color, 96 min

God will come

(Khoda mi ayad, 1996.)

Directed by: Majid Majidi

In a remote village in northern Iran, the mother of a family is seriously ill. All the villagers have lost hope and tell her children that only God can help now. Her daughter writes a letter to God and sends it by mail. After the villagers find out about the letter from the postman, they decide to organize themselves and help the family.

color, 44 min
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