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"Moving Up" (Kami Balatar)

Director: Loghman Khaledi

Research: Loghman Khaledi
Photography: Ashkan Ashkani
Editor: Loghman Khaledi
Sound Recorder: Hadi saed Mohkam
Sound Mix: Hosein Mahdavi
Music: Saba Nedaei
Production Manager: Mehdi Boostanparvar
Project Advisors: Pirooz Kalantari, Mehrdad Oskouei
Line Producer: Saeed Rashtian
Production Company: Sheherazad Media International
Producer: Katayoon Shahabi
Color, HD, 16:9, 58 min, 2011, Iran

Shahriyar, a garbage collector, has a passion for literature and poetry. He writes imaginative stories to escape from his dull, prosaic life in Kermanshah, a city in Iran’s Kurdistan region. But his wife, his family, his neighborhood and all the people around him constantly conspire to hold him back from "Moving Up".

Article of Nicolas Feodoroff in FID Marseille 2011

Shahriyar is a garbage man in Kermanshah, Kurdistan. His everyday life: rubbish and trash. But his mind is elsewhere. His life is literature. There’s a book on a shelf or dropped on the ground? Shariar loses himself in reading at the risk of forgetting the world, his family and the demands of his job. His tastes are eclectic: he values Jack London as much as Shakespeare, Dostoievesky or Samuel Beckett, a photograph of the latter decorates the wall of his room. But reading isn’t enough; he also writes, obstinately, filling notebooks, journals, pages and scraps of paper with love stories populated with beautiful princesses with blue eyes decked out in brightly-colored costumes. Of this ardent vocation, he wanted to make a profession, but everything stands in the way of the advancement evoked by the title. A lack of understanding from his wife and his colleagues, a caustic criticism from aspiring writers like him in a writing workshop, harassment by his neighbors and repeated rejections from publishers. The only audience ready to follow his flights of fancy, an auditory of domestic pigeons on his terrace; enclosed behind bars, they, too, are unable to reach the heavens. For his first film, Loghman Khaledi delivers the melancholy portrait of a man wrestling with his dreams. With neither condencension nor smug naivety, Khaledi makes his character the manifest ambassador of forbidden hopes, struggling against the dampening conformisim of a society where everyone is obliged to remain in his place.


Director, Scriptwriter, Editor; Loghman Khaledi was born in Kermanshah in 1979. He attended the filmmaking workshop of Abbas Kiarostami and a documentary workshop at the Artistic Center. He has directed, photographed and edited many documentaries, features and short films and his films have been screened at many international and national festivals. "Moving Up" is his first long documentary.


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  • FID Marseille (6 – 11 July 2011 / France) International Competition & First Film Competition
    Winner of the best film in First Film competition section
  • Montreal Int’l Documentary Festival (RIDM) (9 – 20 Nov. 2011 / Canada)
  • Festival Cinema Africano, Asia American Latina (19 – 25 March 2012 / Italy) Competition
  • Millenium Int’l Documentary Film Festival (17 – 28 April 2012 / Belgium)
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  • Cine-Club Persian of Geneva (4 Feb. 2013 / Switzerland)
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  • Iranian Film Festival in Australia (7 Oct. – 10 Nov. 2013 / Australia)

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