Leila is a single working mom of two. The factory she works at faces a crisis and jobs are at stake. Kazem, the factory bus driver, proposes marriage to Leila, but she hesitates to accept his conditions. Kazem has a daughter the same age as her 12-year-old son, Amir, and since tradition frowns upon a young girl sharing a household with her step-brother, Kazem tells Leila not to bring her son until he marries his daughter off. After Leila is fired from her job, she makes the decision to stay with Kazem and leave Amir at a boarding school for deaf children for a while she tries to manage his return. There, Amir is forced to pretend he’s deaf-and-dumb, and after a few months tries to run away to search for his mother. On the run, he faces Kazem who asks him to think about his family`s future. Amir has to decide.
It is hard for me to imagine Iranian life without tragedy. The moral obligation to tradition in very unsafe situations can be extremely cruel and very effective. Leila does not have any other choice. Her life does not completely belong to her. She is supposed to live in a way that society wants for her. It is tradition that decides her fate. Amirali has to pretend to be Deaf to survive. In this “Son-Mother” relationship, I try to show a critical view of our traditions and values imposed on us by the powers that be. We have become tools of our own oppression.