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The Manchador


A film by Kaveh Tehrani

Genre(s): Comedy

• Theme(s): Feminist / Social issues

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The Manchador

  • Kaveh Tehrani


    Kaveh Tehrani (b. 1978 in Tehran) is a Norwegian-Iranian filmmaker. Tehrani has written and directed the short films 1994 (2010), Victor (2014) and The Manchador (2019), and has won several awards at various international film festivals. For 1994, Tehrani won the National Norwegian Film Award, The Amanda, for Best short film.

    2010: 1994
    2014: Victor
    2019: The Manchador

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2019: Norwegian Short Film Festival Grimstad Audience Award
  • 2019: Leuven International Short Film Festival
  • 2019: Bergen International Film Festival
  • 2019: Torino Short Film Market - Oltrecorto Pitch
  • 2019: Oslo films from the South Festival
  • 2020: Aspen Shortsfest Youth Jury Award
  • 2020: Flickers’ Rhode Island IFF
  • 2020: Helsinki Film Festival
  • 2020: Aesthetica Short Film Festival
  • 2020: Interfilm Festival


Mina and Saeed live a stressful life in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Being a woman in Iran is not particularly easy and Mina sees a future for the family elsewhere. She wants to move abroad, but Saeed then invents a device that places the responsibility for the hijab where it belongs – with the men whose gaze women need protection from.
The Manchador is a satire about life in modern day Tehran, seeing, our senses, and spirituality.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 20'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Sound: 5.1
  • Country(ies) of production: Iran / Norway
  • Original Language(s): Persian
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Reza Brojerdi, Narges Rashidi, Jasmin Tabatabai, Sarina Ashkpour, Mohammad-Ali Behboudi
  • Screenplay: Kaveh Tehrani
  • Cinematographer: Adam Wallensten
  • Editor: Kristoffer Archetti
  • Sound: César Fernández Borrás (set), Adrian Baumeister (mix), Nora Siebe (design)
  • Music: Javid Afsari Rad
  • Producer: Verona Meier, Ruben Thorkildsen

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Ape&Bjørn
  • Coproduced by: Zebra Kroop