Hayat (Life)


Director: Gholam-Reza-Ramezani
Iranian/2006/Colour/80mins (Also available in: Hindi, Tamil)


Hayat is a 12 year old girl who lives with her family in a village in Iran. She is looking forward to give an exam in the village school and is preparing hard for it. The night before the exams, her father falls ill and has to be hospitalized. Hayat is distraught at having to babysit her infant sister on the most important day of her life. But she is not a girl to give up that easily. With some well-wishers helping her along the way Hayat, whose name means life, makes a desperate attempt to give her exam. Would she succeed?


Director’s Biography: Gholam-Reza-Ramezani
Born in 1960 in Iran, Gholam-Reza Ramezani began his professional career in 1983 as an assistant director and scriptwriter. He was the Assistant Director in Amir Naderi’s ‘The Runner’. He has also made many short films. His second feature ‘The Cart’, won numerous prizes in international festivals


Cinekid, Children Film Fest Amsterdam, 2005
Special Jury Award
Madrid Children Film Festival, Spain 2005
Best Film
Golden Elephant Children Film Festival, India 2005
Children’s Jury Award
Istanbul Int’l Children Film Festival, Turkey 2006
Best Film
Centre International Du Film Pour L’enfance et la Jeunesse, IRAN
Buenos Aires Children Film Festival, Argentina 2005
Jury Special Mention
Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic 2005
Special Prize of city of Zlin
Divercine, Int’l Film Fest For Children & Youth, Uruguay 2005
Winner of SIGNIS Award, Children Audience Award
“Listapad” Minsk Int’l Film Festival, Belarus 2005