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Majid Majidi
Born Majid Majidi
April 17, 1959 (1959-04-17) (age 50)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Years active 1981–present
Official website

Majid Majidi (Persian: مجید مجیدی , born 17 April 1959 in Tehran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Majidi's films have touched on many themes and genres and he has won many international awards.



Born in an Iranian middle class family, he grew up in Tehran and at the age of 14 he started acting in amateur theater groups. He then studied at the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Tehran.

After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, his interest in cinema brought him to act in various films, most notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Boycott in 1985.

As of 2004, Majidi was the only Iranian director who has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with the film Children of Heaven in 1998. He lost the award to the Italian film Life Is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni.

Majidi has directed three other feature films since Children of Heaven: The Color of Paradise (2000), Baran (2001), and The Willow Tree (2005; alternate English title One Life More). He also recently directed a feature-length documentary titled Barefoot to Herat which chronicles life in refugee camps and the city of Herat during and after the anti-Taliban offensive of 2001.

His acclaimed film The Song of Sparrows will be the opening film of the Visakhapatnam International Film Festival in India .[1] Majid Majidi was one of five international film directors invited by the Beijing government to create a documentary short film to introduce the city of Beijing, in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics which was held in the Chinese capital; the project was titled "Vision Beijing".[2]

Filmography: Directing

  1. Explosion (Enfejar) (1981) - documentary short
  2. Hoodaj (1984) - short
  3. Examination Day (Rooz-e Emtehan) (1988) - short
  4. A Day with POWs (Yek Rooz Ba Asiran) (1989) - documentary short
  5. Baduk (1992) - debut feature
  6. The Last Village (Akhareen Abadi) (1993) - short
  7. Father (Pedar) (1996) - feature
  8. God Will Come (Khoda Miayad) (1996) - short
  9. Children of Heaven (Bacheha-ye Aseman) (1997) - feature
  10. The Color of Paradise (Rang-e Khoda) (1999) - feature
  11. Baran (Rain) (2001) - feature
  12. Barefoot to Herat (Pa berahneh ta Herat) (2002) - documentary
  13. Olympics in the Camp (Olympik Tu Urdugah) (2003) - documentary short
  14. The Willow Tree (Beed-e Majnoon; alternate English title One Life More) (2005) - feature
  15. Peace, Love, and Friendship (2007) - documentary short
  16. The Song of Sparrows (Avaze Gonjeshk-ha) (2008) - feature
  17. Poet of the Wastes (2006)- feature
  18. Kashmir Afloat - in production.

Awards and honors

Majid Majidi has received numerous awards up to now. Here are a few:

  • Oecumenical Special Award, 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2001.
  • Grand Prix Des Ameriques, 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2001.
  • Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, 1998.
  • Grand Prix of Americas Best Film, 21st Montreal Festival for World Films, 1999.


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