Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

A Hero

Special Screening - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Asghar Farhadi / Iran, France / 2021 / 127 min / Colour / DCP / In Farsi / Arabic, English subtitles
Themes : Drama
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Rahim finds himself in jail for incurring a business debt he is unable to repay. While on a two-day leave, his girlfriend offers him a gilded opportunity to secure his freedom, albeit at a dubiously immoral price. Unable to balance the weight of his newly ill-gotten gold coins with his conscience, Rahim does the ethical thing and attempts to find their rightful owner by putting up posters around town. But no good deed goes unpunished, and he soon finds himself caught up in a quagmire of increasingly complex moral dilemmas—all stemming from a single, seemingly inconsequential falsehood.

Thrust into the limelight as social media’s latest celebrity, Rahim quickly finds expectations and responsibilities building around him, higher than the walls of his medium-security jail ever were. Confronted at every turn, our hero’s journey is certainly not the archetypal, obvious circle. While it may appear a simple story on the surface, the twists of fate unfold to create a rich tapestry of human (mis)behaviour and deep philosophical quandaries. A truly riveting tale of morality in the age of social media from two-time Academy award-winner and collaborator with Doha Film Institute, Asghar Farhadi.


Asghar Farhadi

A long-time friend and collaborator with Doha Film Institute, Asghar Farhadi was born in Iran. He studied theatre, receiving his BA from the University of Tehran and his MA from Tarbiat Modares University. Farhadi was a Qumra Master in 2017 and has won two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film—his first for ‘A Separation’ (2012) and the second for ‘The Salesman’ (2017), which was supported by DFI. His other directorial credits include ‘Fireworks Wednesday’ (2006), ‘About Elly’ (2009), ‘The Past’ (2013), and ‘Everybody Knows’ (2018).


Asghar Farhadi
Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi
Ali Ghazi
Haydeh Safiyari
Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fereshteh Sadrorafaii