A middle-aged man came to kurdistan with his stepsister in order to ask for forgiveness from a dervish named Rezgar. Apparently their father, who’s now dead, had behaved unjustly towards Rezagar the dervish and now for their father they have to find the dervish and ask for pardon but they both have some issues with patrimony and their father’s possessions and they’ve been arrogant with each other for years. Even the man has left Iran over these disagreements and had settled in Germany. The only address they have is a village where dervishes gather around there for a religious ceremony on a special date. But Rezgar hadn’t joined them for this year because as his friend says, he’s on his deathbed and is terribly sick! Another dervish comes along these step siblings to take them to the place where Rezgar lives. On the road trip both man and his sister become impressed with the dervish’s attitude and point of view even when the siblings begin to fight he gets involved and causes peace between them. They finally arrive to Rezgar’s village and find him. The sister goes to ask for pardon while the man goes for water to cool the car engine and rings a doorbell. A woman gives him water without showing herself, so the man gives her a big bar of chocolate as a gratitude having no idea that the woman is pregnant. The sister returns with the good news of forgiveness. They go on their way back from the village but the village people prevent them from leaving. The husband of the woman who gave the water asks them to return to the village. Then it turns out that according to the tradition of those people, anyone who gives the very last piece of food to a pregnant woman has to say the Azan to the woman’s child. Therefore the man has got to do that for the newborn child because the very last thing the woman has eaten was given by this man. They didn’t accept it at first but when the old dervish insists they can’t decline and so they go back to the village to do what they’re asked for. The old dervish goes to the rooftop in order to hold and run their ceremony and they go back to the city in the midnight. But eventually unlike the beginning of the journey, there’s no bitterness and harshness left between them.
Nader Saeivar (Born on 1975 in Tabriz) is an Iranian writer and director who started his career in 1992 with short films. He won the best screenplay award in Cannes 2018 for 3 Faces (2018) alongside Jafar Panahi. He also has a master’s degree from University of Tehran and is a teacher in the field of Cinema in various institutes and universities.
Regie: Nader Saeivar Kurzfilm Iran – Rojhilat | 2019 Länge 23 min