Renowned old musician Mamo has been granted permission to perform a concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. His faithful friend Kako will drive a school bus and help gather together Mamo’s ten musical adult sons, scattered throughout Iranian Kurdistan. The old Kurdish musician has waited some 35 years for the chance to perform freely again in Iraqi Kurdistan. Mamo is convinced that the essence of the upcoming performance is the celestial voice of a woman. He has chosen Hesho, who lives in a mountain retreat with 1,334 other exiled female singers. Since women are forbidden to sing in front of men in public in Iran, Hesho must be carefully concealed in the bus.
Bahman Ghobadi was born on February 1st, 1969 in Baneh, province of Kurdistan in Iran. He got his B.A. in film directing from the Iranian Broadcasting College. Ghobadi started his artistic career in the field of Industrial Photography from 1998. He never entirely graduated from the film school because he believed that everything he had learnt were all from his short films. Ghobadi’s short films, as of the mid 1990’s, received many foreign & domestic awards. With the making of his first full-length feature A Time for Drunken Horses in 1999 Bahman Ghobadi became a recognized professional director all over the world. This film is the first Kurdish full feature film in the history of the Iranian cinema, and Ghobadi is the first Kurdish director in the history of Iranian cinema.