Hassan Yektapanah was born in 1963 in Tehran, Iran. Before becoming a director, he already had a two decades career since 1983 as Assistant Director for world masters like Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY) and Jafar Panahi (THE MIRROR).
Yektapanah made his debut as director/writer with DJOMEH (2000), which was shown in Un certain regards, Cannes, and won the Camera d’Or. The film has also been screened in 40 international festivals, including Pusan, Toronto and Tokyo Filmex where it won the Jury Special Award. It also won Jury’s Special Mention in Bratislava, Best Actor in Moscow and Special Award at the Abadan Festival.
A documentary maker and his camera man want to make a film on illegal migration and human trafficking in Iran. After bribing the traffickers, the two are eventually given permission to follow a group of migrants on their journey to Turkey by bus. The migrants themselves are far from willing to allow the two to follow them at such close range. Their attitude changes, however, when the group of illegal migrants is stopped by the police and the filmmakers devise a ruse. They fool the police by telling them that they are making a film and that the migrants are, in fact, actors.