Parting / Raftan

Director :  Navid Mahmoudi / Afghanistan / 2016 / Colour / 78 mins /  Persian-Dari

partingSynopsis: Two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe and a better life.


  • Special Jury Prize, Busan International Film
  • Festival, South Korea, Thessaloniki International
  • Film Festival, Greece, Tallinn Black Nights Film
  • Festival, Estonia, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film
  • Festival, Australia


  • Winner of: *Special Jury Prize* at the 21st Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2016.


parting4Direction & Screenplay Navid Mahmoudi
Production Jamshid Mahmoudi
Cinematography Koohyar Kalari
Editing Jamshid Mahmoudi
Music Sahand Mahdizadeh
Sound Mohammadreza Habibi& Hossein Ghoorchian
Cast Reza Ahmadi, Fereshteh Hosseini, Behrang Alavi, Nazanin Bayati, Shams Langaroudi


parting3Navid Mahmoudi was born in Parvan, Afghanistan and relocated to Iran when he was a child. His earliest work in cinema was as an assistant director and later television producer. His filmography includes Noghtehsar-e Khat (2000), Zero (2002), Yeloghmeh noun (2006) and An Afghan Child Privacy (2015). Parting is his feature debut.

Director’s statement: The dangers engendered by Islamic State and the Taliban are omnipresent. In countries menaced by these groups people seek a better life by migrating, despite the fact that many lose their lives en route. My brother, Jamshid, and I have tried to portray their difficult passage.