MAIN PRODUCTION CREW
Director: Manijeh Hekmat
Screenwriter: Manijeh Hekmat, Mostafa Zandi
Producer: Manijeh Hekmat, Mahshid Ahangarani Farahani
Executive Producer: Daryosh Hekmat
Director of Photography: Sajjad Avarand
Music Scorer: Farshad Fozouni
Editor: Navid Tohidi
Sound Designer: Arash Ghasemi
Production Designer: Farhad Fozouni
Reza Koolghani, Pegah Ahangarani, Amir Hossein Taheri, Mahdieh Mousavi
How can those lightly-burdened on the shore know our plight?
Bandar Band received the NETPAC Award at the 6th edition of the Ulju Mountain Film Festival in Ulsan, South Korea in April 2021. A literal and metaphorical road trip of a musical band that takes place within a day told through underpinnings of political and social commentaries in the visual signature that Manijeh Hekmat is known for. Mahla (Pegah Ahangarani) who is pregnant, her husband Amir (Amir Hossein Taheri), and their friend Navid (Reza Koolghani) compose the young hopefuls of Bandar Band.
The band is on the way to Tehran to compete at the Battle of the Bands in the evening. The film starts on a high note showing the main characters’ excitement only to be dimmed as the story progresses. Their encounters with roadblocks upon roadblocks test their resolve to pursue the journey. External forces influence the characters as they go through different internal emotional states. The floods in the film reference the flash floods that took place in Iran in mid March to April 2019 that caused deaths and massive destruction in the country.