Not Being

By Pooya Razi



In the past few years in Iran, sociopolitical circumstances have increased the level of emigration, making departures and separation a routine. This film recounts the feelings of a person who stays behind.

Selected by Tehran International Short Film Festival, Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.


Amirhossein Shahnazi
Negar Yaghmaian


Scriptwriter and director: Pooya Razi
Executive Producer: Katayoun Dibamehr
Executive Producer: Avi Amar
Foreign Producer: Alborz Alavi Siahpoosh
Foreign Producer: Amirfarhad Esmaeili
Music: Javad Safari
Director of Photography: Pooya Razi
Director of Photography: Aram Tahmasbi
Editor: Pooya Razi
Sound: Javad Safari
Assistant director: Parsa Bozorgani
Assistant director: Amirhossein Shahnazi
Visual effects: Bruno Grassini

Director’s Biography

Pooya Razi was born in 1984 Tehran based artist. He holds a BA in Painting from the Art University of Tehran. Razi’s paintings have been exhibited in Tehran, Paris, New York, and Dubai. He started making movies in 2012 and his first animated short film was nominated for the Grand Prize at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. Razi’s movies have been officially selected for some major international short film festivals, in particular, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2015, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada. Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, 2015.

He also won the award for the best experimental film from the 35th Tehran International Short Film Festival and the 7th Khorshid film festival.


The Noise (short film) 2015 – Director, Screenwriter, Editor

Not Being (short film) 2019 – Director, Screenwriter, Director of Photography, Editor