DIRECTOR: Asghar Massombagi

A 10-year-old boy alone in the city

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Inspired by real events, the multi award-winning film KHALED is the story of a feisty 10-year-old boy living in the inner city. When his mother suddenly dies he tries to conceal the truth and carry on with his daily life, unable to trust anyone.

  • Karlovy Vary International - Best Director (chosen by juror Roger Ebert)
  • Toronto International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Jury Award (Special Mention)
  • Toronto International - Canada's Top Ten Films
  • Woodstock Film Festival - The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography
  • Vancouver International - Best Director (Special Mention)
  • ReelWorld Film Festival - Best Dramatic Feature
  • SXSW - Official Competition
  • Busan International - Official Selection
  • Seattle International - Official Selection
  • Hof International - Official Selection
“A harrowing picture that feels almost like an urban legend as spun by Roman Polanski. Unforgettable.”  - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Iranian magic in a Canadian setting. KHALED is the sad but immaculate story of a child's perseverance. A small gem.” - MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE
“Cuts so close to the bone… No child on this planet should have to endure the hardships that Khaled faces in this movie. It deserves to be seen.” - THE TORONTO SUN
“KHALED goes boldly where few films have gone before - without hesitation. ” - THE VANCOUVER SUN