What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be a man of God?
Naser ran over a dog with his car. Dogs are ritually unclean in Islam, but he rushes out by instinct and takes it to an animal clinic instead.
He is faced with even tougher choices: how should he treat it? Should he end its life? What will his family say? What about the religious ceremony they have the next day?
At all these junctures of difficult decision making, he could have just walked away.
Eventually, they convince him to take the dog and put it back where he’d found it.
He got there, and waited.
He could just walk away.
Twin brothers Bahram & Bahman Ark won multiple awards for ‘Najes’: Best Iranian Film at Nahal Film Festival, Special Mention at di étranger Film Festival and Festival del Cortometraggio ‘O Curt XIV Povero in Italy. It was awarded at film festivals in Serbia, Rajasthan, Italy and Tehran.
It screened in Mexico, Colombia, Russia, Canada, Paris, Chicago and most notably at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner last year.