President Mir Qanbar

Mir Qanbar is now a 74-year-old retiree who has dedicated himself to winning an elected position in his country’s government, be it the presidency or merely a seat in Parliament. He comes across not as a Don Quixote, tilting at windmills, but instead as a quiet, determined man who has given considerable thought to the policies he would introduce, and works extremely hard to reach his unattainable goal. Beautifully filmed, director Mohammad Shirvani takes a stylized film approach, showing the off-beat, sometimes pathetic presidential campaign of an old man who is making his last stab for political power.


Mohammad Shirvani started making short films and documentaries in 1991. Known for his unique style and sense of humor, Mohammad Shirvani represents a new generation of Iranian filmmakers who take an avant-garde approach to storytelling, utilizing low-cost digital technology to their advantage, thereby avoiding most censors’ scrutiny. His films include President Mir Qanbar (2005), Nahf (2004), and The Candidate (2001).

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  1. I don’t know. I was in High School in Texas in 1979. I knew Iranians then, and liked them. All of the sudden they get rid of the Shah and bring in that guy from France. That Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini who put them back in the dark ages. So, what do they exepct now? They, the people wanted that. I say keep it! Enjoy it . I certainly didn’t like my country being called the great satan, and seeing my countrymen held hostage. Enjoy your religion.

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