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