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Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others

World Premiere: 2024 IFF Rotterdam - Tiger Competition

Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others

Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others


"Shot as the ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ movement was building support in the country following the killing of Mahsa Amini, Farshad Hashemi’s feature directorial debut gradually peels away the layers of Mahboube’s life as she comes to terms with the limitations she faces as a woman, and a history she has long chosen to suppress but which now haunts her waking hours. At the same time, the film is a reflection on the nature of filmmaking, exploring its capacity to truly capture the complexity of everyday lives."
-Vanja Kaludjercic, IFF Rotterdam

"Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others quietly unfolds a cross sectional portrait of Iranian life all from the confines of Mahboube’s humble home where two cameras are rolling — Hashemi and Farhad’s — revealing truth at 24 frames per second."
-Kevin Jagernauth, ION Cinema

"Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others is a film that captivates because Hashemi’s writing is well-constructed, his mise-en-scène is clear and his use of it to connect scenes together is remarkably elegant, and both Gholami and the director himself are very convincing as the film’s two central characters."
-Marc Van de Klashorst, International Cinephile Society

Me, Maryam, the Children and 26 Others

by Farshad Hashemi (IR/DE, 2024, 101') 

Drama, First Feature


When Mahboubeh, a woman in her thirties, decides to rent out her home to a film crew for six days, her tranquil and solitary existence is suddenly upended. Intrigued by the group’s interactions and inspired by the storyline of their short film, Mahboubeh finds herself compelled to confront unresolved aspects of her past. However, as the final day of their stay approaches, she faces a pivotal decision: whether to cling to her familiar life or embrace the opportunity for a transformative new chapter.


Directed by: Farshad Hashemi
Written by: Farshad Hashemi       Idea Generator: Mahboube Gholami
Cinematographer: Davood Malek Hosseini
Producers: Farzad Pak (Pakfilm), Farshad Hashemi
Coproducers: Mohsen Khakpour, Seyed Masoud Seyed Hashemi (Yellow Wall Media)
Executive Producer: Sina Askari (Barad Art)
Cast: Mahboube Gholami, Farshad Hashemi, Ebrahim Azizi, Zahra Aghapour, Navid Aghaei, Arash Deghan Shad, Shahin Karimi
Director of Photography: Davood Malek Hosseini
Composer: Peyman Yazdanian
Production Designer: Siamak Karinejad
Sound Design and Mix: Zohreh Aliakbari
Costume Designer: Nazanin Tavassoli
Sound Recordist: Meysam Hasanloo
Makeup Artist: Mohammadreza Mir Bagheri, Mahkameh Toreyhi
Production Manager, First AD: Hamed Moghaddasi
Colorist: Farhad Ghodsi
Second AD: Ahmad Alishah
Script Supervisor: Roya Beigi
Still Photographer: Samira Bakhtiari
BTS Camera: Ardalan Azarmi