LFA Student Hana Makhmalbaf's father Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film is selected for the Busan and Beirut International film festivals.
'The Gardener' illustrates the clash between two Iranian generations regarding their perspectives on the positive and negative effects of religion on society. Makhmalbaf and his son, Maysam, represent each of these generations.
The film is also an exploration of the principles and beliefs of the Baha'i Faith, a religion that originated around 170 years ago in Iran and counts today with millions of followers throughout the world.
The Makhmalbaf family's most recent creation, was filmed in Israel in the cities of Haifa and Jerusalem and will premiere at the 17th Busan International Film Festival, to be held October 4 - 13, 2012. Following Busan the film goes on screen in Beirut Film Festival on the 9th of October 2012 in Lebanon.
"Many of us Iranians," says Mohsen Makhmalbaf, "know more about religions and schools of thought from Indian, Chinese, or Japanese origin than religions that have grown out of Iran. Maybe this has been willed by censorship. 'The Gardener' is an attempt to break this censorship."
Hana is a student of our Filmmaking Diploma, we are honoured that her father gave a special thanks to London Film Academy and wish the family a great success with the film!