Exam / Emtehan

A film by

Iran | 15' | 09/2019 | fiction

A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

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Square Eyes - AFI Fest - Award Laurel 2019
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Square Eyes - AFI Fest - Award Laurel 2019

Sonia K Hadad


Sonia K. Hadad is an Iranian writer and director. She studied Film and Media Arts (M.F.A) at Emerson College in Boston. She was born in 1989, in Tehran, and was primarily educated in her native country. She holds diplomas in Physics/ Mathematics and graphic design. In 2005 Sonia started her professional theatre acting career and has played in theatres, public performances, telefilms, and TV shows. In 2009 she completed her B.A in dramatic literature from Azad University of Art and Architecture. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree she participated in different professional Filmmaking, Acting, Installation, and editing workshops.
Writing short stories for magazines and acting led her to her main interests: Film and Installation Art. Sonia moved to the U.S. in 2013 to continue her education, and she began making short films. In her most recent works, Sonia makes an effort to explore people’s inner lives, women’s social and personal issues, shame, and struggles with their deepest fears through different art forms and media.


  • Exam – 2019 – short film
  • Personal – 2016 – student film
  • The Box – 2016 – student film
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Director: Sonia K. Hadad
Screenplay: Sonia K. Hadad, Farnoosh Samadi
Producer: Three Gardens: Pouria Heidary Oureh
Cinematographer: Alireza Barazandeh
Sound Recording: Mohammadreza Hosseini
Sound Design: Ramin Abousedgh
Editor: Ehsan Vaseghi
Costume & Set Designer: Parisa Farahani
Make-Up Artist: Amir Torabi
Cast: Sadaf Asgari, Hadis Miramini, Masih Kazemi, Elaheh Afshari


  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (5 – 15 September, 2019)
    Short Cuts
  • Fantatic Fest Austin, United States (19 – 26 September, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt (19 – 27 September, 2019)
    Short Film Competition Won: Gold Star for Best Short Film
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (21 – 27 October, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Leeds International Film Festival, United Kingdom (6 – 21 November, 2019)
  • South Western International Film Festival, Canada (7 – 10 November, 2019)
  • ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain (8 – 15 November, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran (10 – 15 November, 2019)
    National Competition
  • AFI Fest, United States (14 – 21 November, 2019)
    Competition Won: Grand Jury Award – Live Action Short
  • Whistler Film Festival, Canada (4 – 8 December, 2019)
    International ShortWork Competition
  • Afrodite Shorts, Italy (5 December, 2019)
    Best International Short Won: Best International Short Film
  • London Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (10 – 19 January, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (21 – 26 January, 2020)
    International Competition


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here