The newest feature film from Iranian-British director Babak Jalali (FRONTIER BLUES), RADIO DREAMS creates the strange yet very realistic world of PARS-FM – a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco.
The story unfolds over a single day as the station’s program manager, Hamid – a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (played by the “Iranian Bob Dylan” Mohsen Namjoo) – prepares for a triumphant broadcast – a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band.
Meanwhile, Hamid must juggle a dysfunctional mix of on-air talent, station managers, and performers while fending off the owner’s plans to wrest control of the station.
With gentle humor and a deadpan eye towards cultural differences, RADIO DREAMS brings to life the sometimes bizarre experience of immigrants pursuing dreams in the U.S. with a mixture of honesty, art, and socio-political topicality.
WINNER – 2016 Hivos Tiger Award for Best Picture – 45th Rotterdam International Film Festival
WINNER – Best Director & Special Jury Mention – 2016 Seattle International Film Festival
WINNER – Best Director – Andrey Tarkovsky Film Festival, Russia
WINNER – Best Actor – Durban International Film Festival