African Violet

By Mona Zandi

Original title – Banafsheh Afrighaei
International title – African Violet
Second Feature


Communication is the only way to make relationships work.


Middle-aged Shokoo finds out that ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by their children. She, and second husband Reza, decide to take care of Fereydoun themselves, but in their own home.
In doing so, the relationship between Shokoo and Fereydoun is significantly transformed. This new situation affects Reza and Shokoo’s daily life and unexpected changes take place in the lives of all three characters.


Fatemeh Motamed Arya
Saeed Aghakhani
Reza Babak
Mehdi Hosseini Nia
Roya Javidnia
Neda Jebraeili


Director – Mona Zandi Haghighi
Screenplay – Hamidreza Bababeigi (based on a story by Mona Zandi Haghighi)
Director of Photography – Farhad Saba
Camera – Reza Teymoori
Editing – Bahram Dehghani
Original Music – Peyman Yazdanian
Sound Designer – Alireza Alavian
Sound Recordist – Mehdi Saleh Kermani
Set & Costume Designer – Ali Abedini
Make-Up Artist – Mehrdad Mirkiani

Line Producer – Alireza Shojanoori
Producer – Alireza Shojanoori
Production Company – BEHNEGAR

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of: 1) ‘Audience Award’ (ex aequo)
  • Winner of: 2) ‘High School Student Jury Award’ – 25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, France, 2019.
  • Winner of: ‘Special Jury Prize’- Tripoli International Film Festival, 2019.
  • Winner of: 1) ‘Best Director – Mona Zandi Haghighi’
  • Winner of: 2) ‘Best performance by an Actress – Fatemeh Motamed Arya’Cyrus International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2019.
  • Winner of: ‘Jury’s Special Mention’ – 8th Persian Film Festival, Sydney, Australia 2019.
  • Winner of: ‘Best Screenplay – Hamidreza Bababeigi’ – 8th Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain, 2020.
  • Winner of: 1) ‘Best Film’
  • Winner of: 2) ‘Best Director – Mona Zandi Haghighi’
  • Winner of: 3) ‘Best Screenplay – Hamidreza Bababeigi’
  • Winner of: 4) ‘Best performance by an actress – Fatemeh Motamed Arya’ – 14th Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, 2021.
  • 25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, France. February 05-12, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 10th Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. March 01-07, 2019. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
    Screening date: Saturday, March 02, 2019. Venue: Filmhouse Cinema.
  • 5th Zurich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland. March 28-April 03, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon. June 09-19, 2019. ‘Narrative Feature Competitive’ section.
  • Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, MSP Iranian Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA . August 15-18, 2019.  ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • 24th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea. October 03-12, 2019. ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section.
  • Cannes Cinéma, zoom sur le Cinema Iranien, Cannes, France. Screening date: October 24, 2019.
  • 24ème Festival International du Cinéma d’Auteur de Rabat, Maroc. November 16-22, 2019. ‘Cinéma du Monde’ section.
  • Cyrus International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada. November 22-28, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 8th Persian Film Festival, Sydney, Australia. December 04-08, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 24th International Film Festival of Kerala, India. December 06-13, 2019. ‘Jury Films’ section.
  • 16ème Festival International du Film transsaharien de Zagora, Maroc. December 12-16, 2019. 
  • 4th Termeh Iranisches Kulturfest München, Germany. January 30-February 12, 2020.
  • 15ème Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève (FIFOG), Suisse. September 25-27, 2020.
  • 8th Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain. October 28-November 08, 2020.
  • Films from Iran in Washington D.C., Boston and Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), USA. January 22-February 07, 2021.
  • 14th Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA. September 18-19, 2021. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 5th Cinema d’iDEA Women’s International film Festival, Rome, Italy. September 2021. ‘Competitive’ section.