Mother / Country

Channel Four TV Broadcast Documentary

Over 20 years ago, at the age of six, director Tina Gharavi left Iran and her mother, to live with her father in the West. This intensely personal film follows her as she returns for the first time, to confront her past and attempt to gain answers from her mother about why she was sent away. While her own experiences are filmed, Tina also employs actors to play out the roles of her and her mother as they look on, as observers witnessing a communication that they struggle to achieve in reality. As the visit draws to a close, her mother remains elusive about her past decision, while Tina has a bombshell of her own to drop.

Funded by:

Channel Four TV (UK), Northern Production Fund


October Films


Bridge + Tunnel Productions, British Council, Frameline Distribution (USA)


Winner of the Tongues on Fire: Asian Women’s Film Festival Grand Prize.


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