Abbas Amini, born on March 9, 1983 in Darab, southern Iran, started making short films at the age of 13. In 2001 he moved to Tehran and worked on several feature films as director’s assistant before making documentary films orientated towards social and child welfare issues. He went on to direct a number of shorts and documentaries dealing with the terrible consequences of the Iran/Iraq war. His keen interest in child welfare led him to work, for the past 12 years, as a volunteer for the ‘Association for the Protection of Child Labourers’. The APCL, founded in 2002 as the first NGO to focus on the issue of child labour, educates underprivileged children and improves their skills and living conditions by working on their critical issues. His first two features, focusing on youth, ‘Valderama’ (2016) and ‘Hendi and Hormoz’ (2018) were both selected for the Berlinale ‘Generation 14 Plus’ section. Numerous other international festivals have also screened the films to much critical acclaim. He has also sat as Jury member in the ‘Generation Section’ of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.