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"Behind the wheel of Life" (Poshte Farman-e Zendegi)

Director and Writer: Sahar Salahshour
Director of Image: Mohammad Hadadi
Sound Recording: Farzam Manteghi
Sound Mix: Ali-Reza Alavian
Editing: Amir-Pejman Habibian
Music: Selected Iranian music
Assistant Director: Sanaz Falah Fard
Managing Assistant: Amir-Pejman Habibian
Executive Producer: Maziar Bahari
Producer: Saeed Rashtian
Produced with the support of BBC World Service Trust
Color, Video, 16:9, 26 min, 2008, Iran & UK

Day in Day out, Behind the Wheel of her car, Nasrin, a driver woman, single parent and bread winner drives in the chaotic big city of Tehran. She tries hard to stay independent despite being single-handed. The film depicts the happy, full of life Nasrin as a female driver who, although her job is considered unconventional from the traditional Iranian society’s point of view, she still manages to on her own.


Born in 1982, Sahar Salahshoor is a civil engineer graduate. She started cinema as an assistant director in 1999 and continued her activities until 2001. In 2002, she made her first documentary “Silhouette”. In 2004 she attended a workshop of documentary filmmaking held by Vision Du Reel Film Festival in Switzerland. In 2005, she passed a course of documentary filmmaking organized by the Association of Iranian Documentary Producers. In 2006, she was accepted for a course of documentary filmmaking in Femis Superior School of Filmmaking in France. In 2007, she attended the BBC World Service Trust where she made “Behind the Wheel of Life”.


  • Silhouette
  • A Day in Police Station
  • Mama Malak
  • Fear and Flight
  • Behind the wheel of Life
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
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  • 60 min
  • 26 min
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2008

  • Aljazeera Int'l Documentary Film Festival (13 – 16 April 2009/ Qatar)
    Winner of the special award for the Best Short Documentaries
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London/ SOAS) (5-6 June 2009/UK)
  • Denver Film Festival (12 – 22 Nov 2009/ USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (14 and 16 Jan 2010/ USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (28 and 30 Jan 2010/ USA)
  • Chennai Women’s Film Festival (1 – 8 March 2010/ India)
  • Tampere Film Festival (9 – 13 March 2011 / Finland)
  • Women Terre Des Femmes F.F. (22 – 28 Nov. 2012 / Germany)

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