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"Countdown" (Shomaresh-e Makous)

Director and Writer: Khatereh Hanachi
Director of Image: Rita Ebrahimi
Sound Recording: Zahra Jannesari
Sound Mix: Hossein Mafi
Editing: Hamid Najafi Rad
Music: Selected Iranian music
Research: Zohreh Khosh Namak
Managing Assistant: Morteza Raiati
Executive Producer: Maziar Bahari
Director Adviser: Manuchehr Moshiri
Producer: Saeed Rashtian
Produced with the support of BBC World Service Trust
Color, Video, 16:9, 52 min, 2008, Iran & UK

All day long, 18-year-old Parisa Pouladi from early morning till late at night, is preoccupied with one thing: the university entrance exam. Along with more than a million other school-leavers in Iran, Parisa hopes she will be admitted to a first-rate college. Of all the candidates in the exam, less than half will pass. Most entrants are girls, who consider a college education their only chance of a good job. Female director Khatereh Hanachi has registered the struggle of Parisa and her family as a symbole of one milion young Iranians for succeeding in national univercity entrance exam.


Born in 1980, Ms. Khatereh Hanachi has a MS in Science. During 2001 to 2003 she passed a course of making documentary and TV program. In 2002, she made her first documentary “Of a Terrestrial Life”. “Mute Death” was her second in 2004. In 2006, after attending another workshop of documentary filmmaking, she made “Yaser’s Kids”. “Countdown”, her latest documentary is outcome of the workshop of BBC Trust World Service.


  • Of a Terrestrial Life
  • Mute Death
  • Year's Kids
  • Countdown
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary


  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2008

  • Int'l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) (2008/ Netherlands)
    Silver Wolf Competition for mid-length documentary
  • Adelaide Film Festival (19 Feb. – 1 March 2009/ Australia)
  • Oxdox – Oxford Int'l Doc Film Festival (21 – 28 April 2008/ UK)
  • Int’l Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana (15 -21 Oct 2009/ Russia) Competition
  • Tertio Millennio Film Festival (1 – 6 Dec 2009/ Italy)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Netherlands (18 – 20 Dec 2009/ Netherlands
    The Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (14 Jan 2010/ USA)
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive (12 Feb 2010/ USA)
  • Chennai Women’s Film Festival (1 – 8 March 2010/ India)
  • Syracuse Int’l Film Festival (13 – 17 Oct. 2010 / USA)

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