“Radio Dreams” won the Tiger Award at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival — the festival’s top competition prize. The film centers on the bizarre yet very real world of PARS-FM — a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco — and explores the realities of Iranians in the U.S.
The story unfolds over a single day as the station’s program manager, played by Mohsen Namjoo, prepares for a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band. He also must juggle a dysfunctional mix of on-air talent, station managers, and performers while fending off the owner’s plans to wrest control of the station.
Catherine Bray wrote in her review for Variety: “Rarely leaving the claustrophobic offices of a San Francisco-based Persian specialty radio station, Iranian ‘Radio Dreams’ is a witty, low-key exercise in deferred gratification as the small staff wait with increasing anxiety for the day’s star turn: a scheduled appearance from Metallica.”
Jalali was born in Iran and grew up in London. The film is a Reel Suspects presentation of a Butimar Prods. production. It’s produced by Marjaneh Moghimi and executive produced by Neda Nobari and co-produced by Taraneh Golozar.