Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Keys of Heaven (Paratiisin Avaimet)

Bader - ages 18+

Hamy Ramezan / Short Narrative / Finland, Turkey / 2014 / 28 min / Colour / DCP
In Farsi / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama, War
MENA Premiere


During the Iran-Iraq War, as many as half a million Iranian schoolboys fought in the battlefields. Thirty-six thousand became martyrs to the nationalist cause. But what was it that drove these youngsters to defend their embattled homeland? Homeless and desperately poor, 15-year-old Majid cares for his little brother Adel, and together the boys try to make ends meet. But circumstances eventually box Majid into a situation that has only one way out.

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About the Directors

Finnish-Iranian scriptwriter and director Hamy Ramezan was born in 1979. He studied at film school in the UK and graduated in 2007. His filmography includes the award-winning short films ‘Over the Fence’ (2009) and ‘Listen’ (2014), as well as the documentary web series ‘Doxwise Nordic’ (2012).


Hamy Ramezan
Ilmari Aho, Hamy Ramezan
Cilla Werning
Hanna Kuirinlahti
Toni Teivaala
Arsen Sarkisiants
Sales Company
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Production Company
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