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Beloved (Delband)

Directed by Yaser Talebi

  • Iran 2018; 61 min
  • Original version: Persian
  • Genre: Documentary


Life as a herder is hard and solitary, but 80-year-old Iranian Firouzeh loves the ever-changing nature, the hard life and her faithful cows. She hikes across the rugged landscape, hauls bundles of wood and still nimbly climbs trees. BELOVED follows this strong-minded woman as she toils in all seasons and tells the story of her life, with work and fate as the dominant themes. When she was a young girl, a marriage was arranged for her with an older man, with whom she had 11 children. But not one of them comes to visit her now. Spending the winter in the low-lying village, she makes fervent efforts to get closer to her kids. Nevertheless, she looks forward to the prospect of spending another summer in the mountains with her cows, ignoring well-meaning advice that she should simply retire.



    Elaheh Nobakht