Meels and Felt

Welcome to the daily routine of Akbar Pir Ahmadi, one of the few masters of felt-making in Shiraz, Iran. He begins early in the morning and welcomes many visitors throughout the day: a friend comes for help, two customers buy felt, and his little girl joins him for lunch. In the evening, Akbar goes to the Zurkhaneh (traditional gymnasium) to practice Pahlevani rituals.

Year of Release



20 minutes


Digital, Color


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Leila Khalilzadeh

Leila Khalilzadeh holds a master’s degree in cinema from Tehran University of Art. She has directed fiction, animation, and documentary films. Leila has written a large number of articles on animation and children and adolescent movies. She is an official member of ASIFA IRAN (Iranian Animated Film Association) and has taught a range of courses in the fields of film and animation.