The Return Short film by Bahman Radan


A young woman was buried alive with the intention of killing, but she survived by chance. hears the cries of her little girl and fights to stay alive for her daughter. But this incident will enlighten a new worldview for her.




Director’s Statement

We often fear death, but what if birth is really the scary thing? What if there is no death and life is just a series of births and rebirths? I wanted to use this short film to make people think about this. Think again about your worries, interests, and attachments to your friends, love, and family. Think again about borders, geography, ownership, and the small and large wars and conflicts of humanity.

Which of them is real? Which are permanent? Which is lasting? Is the world the same when we die as when we were alive?

You will never be the same after watching this short film


A young woman was suspiciously murdered and killer buried her hastily in the cemetery at night. The following day, a shepherd hears moaning sounds from the cemetery. He realizes that the woman is alive and asks for help, despite the man’s efforts, the woman died. But her soul is worried about her little daughter and realizes everything has changed.

Bahman Radan is an Iranian director, producer, writer, and successful entrepreneur. He was born on February 2, 1988, in Bijar, Iran, and holds a master’s degree in architecture from Qazvin University.

He often uses silence and symbolism to convey his messages, focusing on visual storytelling. His work spans various genres, including drama, sci-fi, and conceptual filmmaking.
Drawing inspiration from legendary directors like Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Baran bo Odar, Denis Villeneuve, and Krzysztof Kieślowski, Bahman brings a unique perspective to his craft.

Bahman believes in the power of film to raise awareness and inspire positive change. He is often drawn to stories that explore themes of human relationships, societal issues, and the environment. Bahman is a vegan and environmental activist who usually incorporates these themes into his films.

Bahman Radan has a background in entrepreneurship, having founded and managed several companies. These include Tirajeh Internet Services Agency in Tehran (2009-2010), Radan Holding in Tehran and Tbilisi (2015-2017), and Gama Company in Tehran (2012-2021). He is also the co-founder of Ad1, a digital marketing agency with offices in Iran, Turkey, and the UK. Additionally, he established Ad1 Film Company in Turkey.

Bahman has worked as an advertising copywriter since 2010, a screenwriter since 2012, a cinematographer since 2018, and a photographer and videographer since 2022. He began directing in 2022.

Bahman Radan has produced a series of silent and conceptual short films, including titles such as “Smile,” “Childhood Dream,” “Smoking Kills But Not You,” and “Circle.” His directorial efforts include “That Also Breathes” (2024), “Return” (2024), “Victim” (2023), “Circle” (2022), and “Smoking Kills But Not You” (2022). These films have been showcased at film festivals worldwide.

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