Life as a herder is hard and solitary, but 80-year-old Iranian Firouzeh loves the ever-changing nature, the hard life and her faithful cows. She hikes across the rugged landscape, hauls bundles of wood and still nimbly climbs trees. Beloved follows this strong-minded woman as she toils in all seasons and 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.
by Yaser Talebi Iran 2018 Persian 61’ Colour Documentary form


Director Yaser Talebi
Screenplay Farzaneh Fathi
Cinematography Yaser Talebi
Editing Reza Shirvani
Music Akbar Rastgar
Sound Design Hossein Abolsedgh
Sound Misagh Modanlou
Casting Firouzeh Khorshidi
Production Manager Elham Nobakht
Executive Producer Elaheh Nobakht

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Yaser Talebi

Born in Sari, northern Iran in 1982, he is a film director, producer, screenwriter and editor who has also made his name as a creative director. A member of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA), his films to have screened at festivals worldwide and won awards include Road to Perdition, The Iron Dream and Portable Water. His film Beloved screened in competition at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2018 and was selected for the 2019 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in the USA.


2002 Forgotten Positives 2003 The Isolated 2008 Blessing 2010 A Covenant between Us · A Nightmare We Committed to Ourselves 2012 Potable Water 2013 The Stoppage Dam · No one cares about jungles 2015 Wind and Leaf · Sky Isn’t Empty · The Heart 2017 The Iron Dream 2018 Beloved

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019