Pouran Derakhshandeh

Pouran Derakhshandeh

Pouran Derakhshandeh in 2008
Born Pourān Derakh'shandeh
(1951-03-27) March 27, 1951[1]
Kermanshah, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater Iran Broadcasting University
Occupation film director, producer, screen writer, and researcher
Years active 1986–present

Pourān Derakh'shandeh (Persian: پوران درخشنده) (born 27 March 1951 in Kermanshah, Iran) is an Iranian film director, producer, screen writer, and researcher.

Derakh'shandeh graduated in film directing in 1975 from Advanced School of Television and Cinema (مدرسه عالی تلویزیون و سینما) in Tehran. She started her professional career by making documentary films for the Kermanshah Television and subsequently for the Tehran Television. Her motion pictures include Relationship (1986), A Little Bird of Happiness (1987), Passing Through the Dust (1988), Lost Time (1989), A Love Without Frontier (1998), Candle in the Wind (2003), Wet Dream (2005), Eternal Children (2006), and Hush! Girls Don't Scream (2013).

At the time she began working at NIRT and Produced “Plague”; A documentary about plague disease in Kurdistan Province. Next year, she produced a documentary about the "Last Wednesday of the Year" ceremony custom in some areas of Iran, “End Wednesday” (1976). In 1978 she directed “Mineral Springs of Rah Haraz” and a trilogy documentary series about handicrafts in Kurdistan titled, “Moj, janamaz and sajadeh”, “Nazok kari” and “Short–napped coarse carpet”. The four-part “Synthetic and Natural Fiber” was a research documentary about thread, worsted cotton, silk and synthetic fiber. During 1979-1980, Derakhshandeh produced “The Wheels Whirl”. It examines economic and social depression and closed manufactures like Iran National. “Shokaran” focused on addiction. The 17-part documentary explores difficulties for women, men and children who are addicted to drugs, drug smuggling, and means of preventing drug abuse. The production lasted from 1980 to 1982.


Academic experience

Derakhshandeh has also led some college research.

International participation

With the support of Farabi Cinema Foundation, Derakhshandeh participates at some local and international film festivals :

  • Jury Member of Short Film International Film Festival (2011)
  • Ava Handicap Film Festival (2011)
  • Jury Member of International Fajr Film Festival (2011)
  • Selection Jury International Fajr Film festival (2011)
  • International Children Film Festival (2009)
  • International Children Film Festival (2008)
  • International Cosar Film Festival (2006)
  • Select Jury member at 23rd Fajr Film Fest (2005).
  • Third Eye 4.Asian Film Festival, Mumbai (2005).
  • 3rd Pune International film fest (2005).
  • 19th Isfahan INTL children Film Fest (2004).
  • 34th Roshd INTL, Film Fest (2004).
  • 18th Isfahan children INTL Film Fest (2003).
  • Select Jury member at Varesh Film Fest (2003).
  • 3rd Olympic sports and TV Film Fest (2003).
  • IRIB collage Film Fest.
  • Milad Koosar Documentary Film Fest.
  • 12th Productions of provinces Film Fest (2003).
  • Oil Film Fest (2003).
  • Fourth Asian Film Fest in India (2001).
  • Cairo Children Film Fest (2001).
  • CIFEJ at 16th Isfahan INTL children Film Fest (2001).
  • (oozra) Woman Villager Film Fest.(2000)
  • Saabs Environment Film Fest (2000).


Documentary films

Feature films


Retrospectives of Derakhshandeh's works

See also


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