Fereidun Hasanpour the director of “Ziba and I” a film with the theme of Ashura, has indicated: “I had gworn weary of cinematic clichés and apartment films, so I decided to work on one of the greatest crimes against humanity and moral values, the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (pbuh), through the eyes of an old farmer; this is how the idea of “Ziba and I” was formed.
He later continued in response to why films with religious themes have a small chance in major film festivals: “This is one of the main shortcomings of our cinema and a deep issue which cannot be summarized in a few short sentences and requires hours of debate and discussions. For example how many films actually focus on the concept of Tobeh, understood in the world of Islam as the return of humans to their true divine nature with the grace of God. The path of Imam Hussein (pbuh) is one in which such a journey would become possible. This is an idea worth depicting in all aspects of human life, including in cinema.
The director of “when everyone was asleep” added in his remarks: “The culture of Ashura has infinite potential for high quality films depicting the various dimensions of the epic of Ashura. Rich historical documentaries can also be made about it and people from all ranges can relate to it with open hearts. The Arbaeen Walk is a modern display of this historic injustice. Forteen centuries passed, millions of pilgrims take the path to Karbala to reinvent themselves, commemorate his martyrdom and pledge their allegiance to his cause. An event that is filled with blessings and beauties worthy of being captured and displayed to the world in any capacity.