Aban and Khorshid

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Aban and Khorshid
Aban + Khorshid (2014 short film) - Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Darwin Serink
Produced by Tommee May
Christofer Leggett
Darwin Serink
Candace Silvers
Anna Brunoro (executive)
Brendan Filuk (executive)
Written by Darwin Serink
Starring Mojean Aria
Bobby Naderi
Music by Sage Lewis
Cinematography Jason McCormick
Edited by Alison Carter
Release date
  • 23 May 2014 (2014-05-23) (Seattle)
Running time
13 minutes
Country United States
Language Persian

Aban and Khorshid (original title – Aban + Khorshid) is a 2014 American gay drama film written and directed by Darwin Serink.[1]

The short film included in the DVD Boys On Film 14: Worlds Collide.[2][3]


Several episodes of sexual life of two lovers, and the subsequent brutal ending... This film was based on real events.


  • Mojean Aria as Aban
  • Bobby Naderi as Khorshid
  • Stahaub Roudbari as Break in Guard
  • Hamid Nayini as Guard #2
  • Arash Rahdari as Guard #3
  • Shahaub Roudbari as Execution Guard #1
  • Homayoon Doroodian as Execution Guard #2

Participation in international festivals and awards[edit]


  • Casting Society of America (US)[4]
  • Image Out, The Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival (US) -- Jury Award Winners: Best Short Film[5]
  • Iris Prize Festival – Cardiff (UK) – Highly Commended[6]
  • Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (US) – Short Film Awards: Men’s – Jury Award, Audience Award[7]
  • Outfest (US) – Best of Fest[8]
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival (US) – Best of Fest[9]
  • SIFF, Seattle International Film Festival (US) – ShortsFest Award Winners: Live Action, Special Jury Mention,[10] and Golden Space Needle Award – Best Short Film, Fourth runner-up[11]


  • Cannes Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, American Pavilion (France) – LGBTQ Showcase – winner[12]
  • CIFF 39, Cleveland International Film Festival (US) – Best LGBT Short[13][14]
  • GAZE International LGBT Film Festival – Dublin (Ireland) – Best International Short – Winner[15]


  • "This is my first film at PSSF and it’s been great! I’ve been blown away by people’s responses to the film. I love watching it with an audience, hearing the heavy silences, hearing the focused attention, hearing the tears, hearing the hope..." (Tommee May, 2014-07-14).[16]
  • "Two Lovers, Even in Death" (Amos Lassen, 2016-02-15).[17]


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