Film Maker and Photographer
Mij Film Co.
Bahman Ghobadi was born in Baneh, a city near the Iran-Iraq border in the province of Kurdistan, Iran. He lived in Baneh until civil disputes caused his entire family to immigrate to Sanandaj (the centre of Kurdistan Province in Iran). After receiving his high school diploma from Sanandaj, he came to Tehran in 1992 in order to further his studies. Ghobadi started his artistic career in the field of Industrial Photography. Beginning in the mid 1990s, Ghobadi's short films received many foreign and domestic awards. One of his films, "Life in Fog" became known as "the most famous documentary ever made in the history of Iranian cinema". In the wake of being awarded several different International Awards, this film opened up new opportunities in Ghobadi's career. With the making of his full-length feature "A Time for Drunken Horses" in 1999, Ghobadi became fully recognized as a professional director. Not only was this the first Kurdish full-feature film in the history of Iranian cinema, but Ghobadi also came to be recognized as the pioneer Kurdish director from Iran.