TEHRAN -- The 25th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) in Tanzania is about to play host to Iranian short flick ‘The Sixteenth Week’.
Directed by Hashem Jahromi, the flick will go on screen at the Short Film competition section of the Tanzanian event.
Produced by Pouyan Sadeqi and written by Jahromi, ‘The Sixteenth Week’ is about a young and pregnant woman named Mahya. Her husband’s financial problems have worried her to the extent that she sees her life and that of her husband in jeopardy.
Mahya’s husband is often beaten up by the creditors for not paying off his debts; and to get rid of them temporarily, they have to change their home constantly.
The desperate woman, who cannot tolerate the situation anymore, decides to get them out of it on her own. Without her husband knowing, she makes a plan hoping that she can save her husband and herself from the affliction.
Mahya, for the last time before executing her plan, tries to make her husband flee but he refuses to do so because of his dignity. Mahya has no choice but to make a decision to make her plan work.
The film has already had its debut screening at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival in the U.S.
According to the official website of the event, the ZIFF is an annual filmfest which accepts “some of the most captivating and cutting-edge cinema from Africa and beyond… from world-premiers to local shorts”.
The 25th ZIFF is slated for June 16-26, 2022 in Stonetown, Zanzibar.