Exiled Iranian director reunites with mom at Kochi film festival
Asked how his mother felt to be separated from him for all these years, Makhmalbaf said hundreds of mothers in Iran had lost their children who fought for freedom of expression and many film-makers were either in jail or in exile. Makhmalbaf was himself jailed for four-and-a-half years until the 1979 revolution.
But despite the bitter experiences, Makhmalbaf said he and his wife missed many things about their country. “I am passionate about Iran. But if I go back now, they will arrest me. We are in exile. We have to deal with the situation,” said wife Marziyeh.
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