As a child, Sara quit school to become the breadwinner of her family. She went from running a motorcycle shop to becoming a midwife and delivering 400 kids, all in her native Iranian village, where women are considered second-class citizens.
Despite the disagreements and oppositions, Sara becomes the first female running for a council seat. Confronted with the new challenges and promises she made for the villagers, this film captures Sara as she chases her dream fearlessly while dealing with the world around her and her lonely world within.
Cutting Through Rocks is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Cutting Through Rocks is co-directed by Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni.
Sara Khaki is an emerging independent documentary filmmaker and editor with a passion for telling untold stories that matter in our lives. She graduated from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County with a BFA in Cinematic Arts and the School of Visual Arts with a MFA in Social Documentary Film. Sara was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and she currently resides between New York City and Tehran.
Mohammad Reza Eyni graduated with an MFA in Cinema from Tehran University College of Fine Arts. He began his career as a sound designer and an editor in film and TV, fiction and nonfiction. Since 2010, he has directed and wrote more than ten documentary films. His first feature, The Silent Horse, received the Visual Arts Award and Diploma of Honor from the Fajr International Film Festival. Mohammad Reza lives and works in Tehran, Iran.