The Sparrow and the Cotton Seed

By Morteza Ahadi Sarkani

Original title – Gondjeshk va panbeh daneh
International title – The Sparrow and the Cotton Seed
French title – Le moineau et la graine de cotonnier


A cotton seed is the means for a tiny sparrow to obtain a wider knowledge of the world.


A little sparrow, tempted by a cotton seed serving as bait, is caught in a hunter’s trap. His luck changes when he is rescued by a young girl. The freed bird then puts the seed to  multiple uses. His determination and desire lead him to overcome a number of hurdles which help to develop his understanding of the world.


Director – Morteza Ahadi Sarkani
Screenplay – Morteza Ahadi Sarkani & Ali Dadrass
Director of Photography – Morteza Ahadi Sarkani
Animator – Morteza Ahadi Sarkani
Editing – Saïd Pouresmaïli
Original Music – Pirouz Ardjmand
Sound Designer & Mix – Mahmoud-Reza Mohaghegh
Set Designer – Mehdi Davaï

Cut-out (felt – tow linen – burlap and washed wood) – 35mm – Mono

Producer – Mohammad-Reza Karimi Saremi
Produced by – Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults – Kanoon

Distribution – A short taken from the film series « Le corbeau et un drôle de moineau » released in France on October 10, 2007 by « Les Films du Whippet »