Scotiabank Theatre 8 Thu, May 2, 2019 5:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, May 3, 2019 12:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Iran
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Agriculture & Fishing
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Middle East
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Yaser Talebi
Producer(s):Elaheh Nobakht
Editor(s):Reza Shirvani
Writer(s):Farzaneh Fathi
Yaser Talebi
Cinematography:Yaser Talebi
Composer:Akbar Rastgar
Sound:Hossein Abolsedgh


Eighty-two-year-old Firouzeh is not afraid of hard work. From dawn to dusk, the fiercely independent herder takes care of her beloved cows in the mountains of Northern Iran, without any access to electricity, gas or phone. Married at a young age to an older man, she's long been a widow, and none of her 11 children ever come to visit. But she enjoys her solitary life in harmony with nature, and won't hear the well-meaning advice from nearby villagers that it's maybe time to retire. No matter the difficulties, this indomitable woman will always choose her hard-won freedom over comfort among people—and the male forestry officers trying to displace her will soon learn what she's made of. Shot over four seasons in strikingly glorious colours, Yaser Talebi's memorable portrait combines lyricism, humour and poetry, and offers one of the most touching finales you'll see at this year's Festival. Charlotte Selb

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Included Shorts

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Additional Information

  • NOW - 4 Stars "Gorgeous...will surprise you in all the best ways."
  • In the Seats - 3.5 Stars
  • POV - "In glorious colours, this striking and warm portrait captures one of the strongest women of our time."