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In the Shadow of the Cypress

Film identity

Original title: Dar Saaye Sarv
English title: In the Shadow of the Cypress
Directed by: Shirin Sohani – Hossein Molayemi
Year of production: 2023
Running time: 19 min 33 s
Category: Short Animated Film
Techniques used: 2D Computer
Target public: Teens, Adults, Family


A former captain, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, lives with his daughter in a humble house located by the sea. Together, they live an isolated life and have to confront the challenges of a harsh life.
Despite the captain’s deep desire to be a devoted and caring father, he finds himself unable to fulfill his role and connect with his daughter in the way that he longs to.
One morning, their lives change forever when an unforeseen event occurs. Whether this event proves to be a newfound source of hope or an additional burden remains to be seen.


Writer & Directors: Shirin Sohani, Hossein Molayemi
Producers: Hossein Molayemi, Shirin Sohani,
Music: Afshin Azizi, Assistant: Arash Azizi,
Animators: Azad Maroufi, Hessam Javaheri, Hossein Molayemi, Reyhaneh Sadat Mirhashemi,
Additional Animators: Sepehr Momeni, Mehdi Torabi,
Edit: Hossein Molayemi,
Composition: Shirin Sohani,
Sound Design: Hossein Ghoorchian,
Storyboard, Animatic, Layout: Hossein Molayemi, Shirin Sohani,
Layout Drawings: Hossein Molayemi,
Character Design: Hossein Molayemi,
Background Design & Color Stylist: Shirin Sohani,
Cel Painting: Ameneh Monshizadeh, Zeinab Samiei, Nasrin Reyhani, Maryam Safari, Shahriyar Ghorbanian,
Shadow Animators: Nazanin Ramezani, Azad Maroufi,
Rendering & Inking Assistants: Haleh Madihi, Atieh Habibi,
Voice: Zahra Moosavi,
Additional Cel Painting: Nazanin Ramezani, Saba Mehrfar, Mahshad Sanati, Mehragin Baghi, Mehdi Torabi, Neda Hashemian, Helia Aminvand, Negin khajeh, Somayeh Mirabbassi, Shiva Aboutalebpour,

Special Thanks to Fatemeh Parchekani, Mohammad Reza Karimi Saremi,