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Ba Ham (2021) Short Film Review

Updated: Aug 1, 2021


Directed by: #ShahabHabibi

Written by: #MauriceSinner


Iranian refugee Pouya (Brojerdi) is constantly looking over his shoulder for potential enemies, but he must take a risk in order to finally be reunited with his wife, Nikta (Balaghi).

Ba Ham (2021), with the appropriate meaning of ‘together’, is inspired by the real life events of director Shahab Habibi and produced by the Hamburg Media School. This riveting political thriller tells an inspirational, heartfelt story of a man just trying to get by and find a way to bring his wife to safety any way he can.

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The short exhibits exceptional filmmaking to a high standard and is paced perfectly, never once letting up with its engaging screenplay and thought provoking themes. The cinematography is enthralling, with many varied and creative camera angles ranging from handheld to smooth.

The film is grounded in reality, with a gritty down to earth tone established by on location shooting and natural dark lighting often implemented to heighten the paranoia and isolation of our world-weary protagonist. Intriguing long shots such as Pouya and his friend Erfan (Kirik) sitting in a car, seem harmless at first until we see another vehicle pull up several yards away to watch them, reinforcing the precarious situation the refugee is currently in.

Maurice Sinner’s screenplay is tight and well crafted, with strong characterisations all around. Erfan in particular has a well realised backstory with the death of his brother. Pouya soon questions his loyalty, used to not knowing who he can trust, and their friendship is put to the test but is quickly strengthened when Erfan puts Pouya back in his place.

Performances are good and believable all around, with the relationship between Pouya and his wife Nikta presented through the only time they get to interact with each other, either over the phone or video chat. Nazmi Kirik in particular does an excellent job as Erfan’s supportive friend, who helps him reunite with Nikta. The closing credits depict the real life sweet reunion between the two, which leave a touching final impression.

Ba Ham is a very well crafted political thriller with admirable direction and a stellar screenplay. There is a perfect balance of suspense and heart, with great performances keeping the pacing fresh; a lovely film!


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