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The Story of Gordafarid

Designed, Researched & Directed by: Hadi Afarideh
Film Editor: Hamid Najafirad
Photography: Ashkan Ashkani
Sound Recorder: Ali Alaei
Research Consultants: Mohammad Tahaminejad-
Fatemeh Habibizad (Gordafarid)
Production Manager: Azam Sadeghi Monfared
Still Photographer: Hamidreza Afarideh
Research Films: Hadi Afarideh- Vahid Rozbahani
Archive Photos: Ebrahim Hessari - Zohreh Sadrinejad
Assistant Directors: Pantea Habili - Ali Nematollahi
Assistant Photographer: Navid Solati
Assistant Sound Recorder: Mohammadreza Sarmadi
Produced & Designed by: Documentary & Experimental Film Center -
Hadi Afarideh

Cast: Master Valiollah Torabi - Master Mohammad Maddahi - Gholamali Poorataei - Mohammadmorad Abbaspour - Fariborz Abbaspour - Ebrahim Abbaspour - Mohammad Abbaspour - Reza Emaminejad - Jamshid Emaminejad &
Fatemeh Habibizad (Gordafarid)
Duration: 35 mins

Naqali (Musical Narration) is an Iranian traditional solo theatre in which only men could perform. As a matter of fact, it's been forbidden for a woman to appear in these sorts of plays. The place for this theatre has usually been cafes & public squares. This documentary recounts the story of the very first female Naqal in Persian history, Fatemeh Habibizad, aka Gordafarid.

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Director's Biography
Hadi Afarideh, born in Tehran, started his artistic career in 1998 as a theatre playwright and director. Since then he has worked with well-known theatre directors such as Dr Ghotbeddin Sadeghi, Behzad Farahani, Hadi Marzban, Mikael Shahrestani, etc. He also started his filmmaking career in 2001 through the Iranian Youth Cinema's Association- based in Tehran.

He has since accomplished different photography and casting projects in more than 50 short film & documentaries. He then collaborated with a German director, Witt Helmer, for the casting of his international project. He was selected as the Best Documentary Maker at the first Iranian Documentary Makers' Specialised Workshop (2006), and by the end of 2007, he won several directing prizes in more than 40 national and international festivals.

He was also a member of the selection committee and the jury of Bagh Ferdow's Week of Cinema (2008). He currently is an active member of Iranian Documentary Makers' Association and Iranian Short Film Association.

Director's Filmography 

Short film
The Orange (2003)
The Whistle (2004)
The Father (2006)

Documentary
Baghcheban's Children (2004)
Below the Pine Trees (2005 - 2006)
The Morning Ceremony (2007)
The Story of Gordafarid (2008)

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