Hadi Afarideh | Iran 2018 | 60 Min. | OmeU

For their loved ones many would push the envelope. Pet owners in Iran, however, exhaust the limits of legality. Reptiles become increasingly popular as walking dogs in the public or even giving them a lift in a car is fined. “Iranian Pet Club” provides a surprising insight into Iranian society and reveals that the affection for animals is something deeply human. Hadi Afarideh latest documentary film is a tribute to pets and their owners who slowly continue their triumph against strict laws and religious beliefs of purity.

Producer, Director and Researcher: Hadi Afarideh
Camera: Reza Teimoori
Cinematographer: Babak Bahrambeigi
Sound: Shahim Poordadashi

Berlinale, Festival de Sofia, Festival Balkan Trafik, Festival International du Film de La Rochelle, Festival de Séville, Underhill Fest, Festival de Douarnenez, Festival de Sakhaline, Message to Man, Saint-Pétersbourg, Aljazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, Festival International Jean Rouch, Cineuropa, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, Festival du Film d’Europe Centrale et Orientale, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Stockholm International Film Festival, Escales Documentaires, Festival Premiers Plans, Festival Repérages, Festival Passagers du réel, Festival Femmes en Cinéma, Festival2Valenciennes

Filmography as director
Short films:
Documentary films:
Baghchehban Children
Under Pine Trees
Ceremony at Dawn
Gordafarid Story
Memory of Nei Avaran
Pale Childhood

Hadi Afarideh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1984. He started his art career in theatre in 1998 and in cinema in 2001 in Iranian Youth Cinema Society where he graduated with high grades. He was chosen the best documentary filmmaker in the first specialised workshops of documentary filmmaking in Iran by Documentary and Experimental Film Centre and Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association in 2006.
Hadi Afarideh has participated in more than 140 Iranian and international festivals and won various awards for the directing, writing, and research of his three short films and 19 documentaries.
At present, he is teaching cinema direction and holding documentary filmmaking classes in Iranian Youth Cinema Society and Iranian Contemporary Arts Academy. In addition, Hadi Afarideh organises workshops and frequently works as a jury and selection team member at various film festivals.