Ajyal Film Festival 2022

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

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Shadegan (شادگان)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ako Salemi / Short Documentary / Iran / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / Apple Pro Res 422 / In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


A day in the life of a 12-year-old Arab fisherman on his boat in Shadegan Pond, Khuzestan, Iran. The young boy sees the marshy water as a second home, which is also the primary source of his family's livelihood. He worries about the uncertain future of Shadegan Pond, and his own future should it cease to exist in this ruminating short about environmental degradation and its possibly devastating effect on people who are already subsistence living.

About the Director

Ako Salemi has been taking photos since 2000. He has worked for several national and international outlets as a documentary photographer. His images have been published in Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vox, and he has won several awards and grants for his photography. His first short documentary film, 'Shadegan', won best documentary film for children at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) in 2020.


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