Archive of films The Butterflies Are Just a Step Behind / Parvaneha badraghe mikonand

2004, 80 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2005

Eight-year-old Neda, who receives a terrible blow as the result of a devastating flood, spends a few days with her stepbrother at a lake inhabited by a colony of birds. There, the purifying power of nature awakens the heart of the painter within her.


The terrible floods that devastated northern Iran turned Neda?s life upside down as well: they took her mother away. The eight-year-old girl has experienced a terrible shock and finds herself living with her father’s new family. The new wife has no intention of accepting Neda but her stepbrother looks mercifully upon the silent little girl with her sad eyes. When a hospital in the city refuses to take her in, he tries to reawaken her interest in the surrounding world. They spend some days at a lakeshore fish farm and the tragedy begins to lessen. There, butterflies hover above flowers and flocks of birds nest: their secrets are the stuff of legends. The majestic beauty of nature - a purifying spa for the soul - draws out Neda’s artistic talent. Reality transforms into poetic images and gives birth to a story about a young painter lost in an unfriendly world.

About the director

Mohammad Ebrahim Moaiery (b. 1973, Behshahr, Iran) graduated in film direction and worked as a writer and director of films for children and young adults. The Butterflies Are Just a Step Behind is his feature film debut and was screened at the festival in Turin (2004) and at the New Iranian Film Week in Baku, Azerbaijan (2004).


Documentary & Experimental Film Center
15 Ghandi Sq. Shariati Ave., 15569, Tehran
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Mohammad Ebrahim Moaiery
Screenplay: Mohammad Ebrahim Moaiery
Dir. of Photography: Touraj Aslani
Producer: Mohammad Ebrahim Moaiery
Production: Documentary and Experimental Film Center
Contact: Documentary & Experimental Film Center


Mohammad Ebrahim Moaiery

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