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Middle-aged Shokoo finds out that ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by their children. She, and second husband Reza, decide to take care of Fereydoun themselves, but in their own home.

In doing so, the relationship between Shokoo and Fereydoun is significantly transformed. This new situation affects Reza and Shokoo’s daily life and unexpected changes take place in the lives of all three characters.



“Poignant an Insightful”---Alliance of Women Film Journalists 


“A slice-of-life drama set in a working class neighborhood in Tehran”--Alliance of Women Film Journalists 


“Strong, naturalistic performances and a vivid sense of place”--Alliance of Women Film Journalists 



"Easy to watch, easy to feel and easy to believe”---Asian Movie Pulse


"African Violet is a symbol of loyalty, strength, courage, devotion and the deepest of love commitment.”--- Asian Movie Pulse


"The core idea of “African Violet” belongs to those possible in any society and makes the film universally understandable.”--- Asian Movie Pulse



 "The film has great spatial awareness and makes the most of the setting of Shokoo and Reza’s house to further the levels of awkwardness that the film relies on to heighten the unnaturalness of the situation.”---Film Ink


"It is wholesome and shares universal values that most can connect with.”---Film Ink



Meet the Filmmaker, Mona Zandi Haghighi:


Mona Zandi Haghighi was born on October 20, 1972 in Tehran, Iran. She is a writer, director, producer and editor of short films, documentaries and feature films. Her art works belong to the cinema of post-revolutionary Iran, which focuses on contemporary social issues within Persian culture. AFRICAN VIOLET is her second feature after ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON (2006) which she directed after around 13 years. Mona worked with numbers of Iranian film directors as editor and assistant director before making her own films, including the pioneer female filmmaker, Rakhshan Bani-E’temad. 


  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    Persian
  • Country
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Director
    Mona Zandi Haghighi
  • Screenwriter
    Hamidreza Bababeigi
  • Producer
    Alireza Shojanoori
  • Filmmaker
    Mona Zandi Haghighi
  • Cast
    Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Saeed Aghakhani, and Reza Babak
  • Cinematographer
    Reza Teymoori
  • Editor
    Bahram Dehghani
  • Production Design
    Ali Abedini
  • Composer
    Peyman Yazdanian
  • Sound Design
    Alireza Alavian
  • Music
    Peyman Yazdanian