Hebden Bridge Film Festival March 2021


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Suggested Watch Time - Film Sunday 4pm - 5.10pm, Q&A 5.20-5.50pm

Followed by Q&A with Director Yaser Talebi and interpreter Narguess Fazard (Chair of Iranian studies, SOAS)

Life as a herder is hard and solitary, but 82-year-old Iranian Firouzeh loves the ever-changing nature, the hard life and her faithful cows. She hikes across the rugged landscape, lugs bundles of wood and still nimbly climbs trees. Beloved follows this strong-minded woman in her work across the seasons as she tells the story of her life, with work and fate as the dominant themes. When she was a young girl, a marriage was arranged for her with an older man, with whom she had 11 children. But not one of them comes to visit her now. Spending the winter in the low-lying village, she makes fervent efforts to get closer to her kids. Nevertheless, she looks forward to the prospect of spending another summer in the mountains with her cows, ignoring well-meaning advice that she should simply retire. 

This striking portrait captures one of the last female herders working in the traditional way, an indomitable woman who ultimately chooses independence. The colours of nature - also a protagonist in the film - leap off the screen. 

Best Film about Mountain Culture award at Torello's International Festival of Mountain and Adventure Films in Spain. 

Remarkable Film Award at China International Green Film Week. 

The grand prix of the International Mountain Film Festival of Autrans in France. 


  • Year
  • Runtime
    61 minutes
  • Language
    Persian with subtitles
  • Country
  • Rating
  • Note
    The film follows Firouzeh, an 80-year-old cow herder high in the Alborz mountains of Iran.
  • Director
    Yaser Talebi
  • Producer
    Elaheh Nobakht
  • Cast
  • Editor
    Reza Shirvani
  • Sound Design
    Hosein Abolsedgh