Sadaf Javdani

No Country for Young Man / 30 Min. Iran 2010 / Farsi, English (OmeU)


During the last few years, Iran has been experiencing the highest rate of “Brain drain” in the world. While feeling confused, many Iranian intellectuals and college graduates naturally come to believe that leaving Iran is the ultimate solution to their bewildering situation. However, as soon as they leave, new sets of issues emerge in their lives. Among this increasing crowd of youths leaving the country everyday, many have left looking for something that was not clearly defined.

The main focus of the film is on four people in a circle of thirteen close friends amongst which there is only one person still left in Iran today. No Country for Young Man aims to explore the contrast between Iranian youth’s taste of life and what the country has to offer. It visually demonstrates the contradictory feelings of constant homesickness that my generation is experiencing whether they decide to stay home or leave it. By focusing on the theme of “friendship”, this film tries to create more adequate representations of the phenomena of brain drain through exploring individual’s personal feelings.


  • 24.06.2011 RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival, London, UK.
  • 04.11.2011 Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Athens, Greece.
  • 09.11.2011 Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany.
  • 26.01.2012 Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
  • 13.05.2013 Museum of Ethnology (Ethnocineca), Vienna, Austria.