DIRECTOR

Mohammad Reza Haji Gholami

Release Year

2016

Duration

15 min

Genre

Fiction

Language

Persian with Arabic Subtitles

Country

Islamic Republic of Iran

A Teenager Who Wants to Fulfill His Vow

Hello

His father is a defender of the Holy Shrine, giving military assistance to fighters in Iraq and Syria in their battle against terrorist groups. He is teenage boy. One day when he returns home from school, he overhears part of a conversation between his mother and sister about the potential martyrdom of his father in the front line. In order to make sure that his father will return home safe and sound, he makes a vow with Almighty Allah. “Salam (Hello)” is a short fiction story about the boy and his resolve to fulfill his vow. He makes a religious vow to say hello to 1000 people so that his father would come home unscathed. The short film shows him rushing to different places, saying hello to people and receiving answers. Until midnight, the boy, with the help of his friend, records 999 hello in his notebook. The last hello is when he sees his father getting off a car while limping. The film highlights the hardship that families of fighters on the front line go through when they are away.

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