“Noch”, a documentary film from Iran will compete in Close-Up, an International Co-Production Training Program for Documentary Filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa that aims to support filmmakers from diverse ethnic, religious, cultural or political backgrounds.
“Noch” directed by Mohammad Tabarsa and produced by Mohammad Tabarsa and Mahnaz Tafaghi will participate in this year’s edition of Close-Up program, a very competitive selection process with 16 extraordinary documentary projects selected for the 2021-2022.
16 powerful documentary projects representing a diverse group of filmmakers coming from different countries, ethnicities, and cultural background attend the event. This year’s cohort – of 24 directors and producers – hails from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Sudan, Turkey, Yemen.
“Noch” is about Hanif, a singer whose never ending endeavor to close his small supermarket to pursue his professional music career has failed over the years due to family disagreements and political barriers. Hanif whose underground music group (Nochband) has been disbanded after the Covid-19, now, because of the first competition of Iranian music bands, he wants to reunite his group. He believes that the prize of this competition can help him realize his life-long dream. Hanif now wants a different life for his children, a life with free will.