The Recess


Director: Navid Nikkhah Azad
Writer: Navid Nikkhah Azad
Director of Photography: Behrouz Badrouj
Editing: Vahid Nikkhah Azad
Music: Mikhail Shmatenko
Producers: Delia Guerra Parra, Navid Nikkhah Azad
Country of Production: Spain, Islamic Republic of Iran
Runtime: 12 min
Production Year: 2021
Language: English, Persian
Subtitles: Greek

Cast: Ghazal Khalili, Mojan Kordi, Reyhaneh Nabiyan


The 17-year-old Sahar is determined to watch her favorite football team play for the championship. But women are forbidden to attend sporting events, so Sahar disguises herself as a boy with the help of her friends. Things take a tragic turn when her disguise is revealed.
Inspired by true events, "The Recess" explores gender oppression in Iranian society.


Navid Nikkhah Azad

Navid Nikkhah Azad (نوید نیکخواه آزاد) is an acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, best known for "The Recess". His short films have been selected and screened at more than 300 international film festivals, including some accredited by the FIAPF, OSCAR, BAFTA and Goya Awards around the world. It has won 17 awards and 40 nominations at international film festivals.