Date: 29 January 2021
Tags: Director, Producer , Sound Designer, Writer , Actor

The Bag


"The BAG" is a narrative film about Muhammad who is a Male to Female Transgender person in her late 20's from Iran. She moved to a new community with a hope of change but she is still struggling to come out into her family and society...



Writer, Director & Producer: Sam Azghandi
As "Dr. Hashemi": Haleh Seraji
As "Muhammad's Mom": Raheleh Hajihosseini
As "Muhammad": Sam Azghandi
Director of Photography: Daotian Wang
Editor: Cosmin Nicoara
Gaffer: Daotian Wang
Production Sound Mixer: Huishu Qiu
Sound Designer: Sam Azghandi


Winner of Best Narrative Film, Centrally Isolated Film Festival 2021 (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)
Winner of Bryan Buckley Filmmaking Grant 2020 (Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York)
Winner of Best Narrative Film, FED Film Festival 2022 (New York City, New York)
Finalist in Shorts - Dramatic - Original, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2021
Finalist in International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) 2020 (Melbourne, Australia)
Finalist in Rochester International Film Festival (RIFF) 2021 (Rochester, New York)
Finalist in Gofobo Fast Forward Film Festival 2021 (Online Event)
Official Selection, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival 2020 (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Official Selection, Syracuse International Film Festival 2020 (Syracuse, New York)
Official Selection, Queen Palm International Film Festival 2021 (Palm Spring, California)
Official Selection, The Lift-Off Sessions Film Festival 2021 (London, United Kingdom)
Official Selection, The East Village Queer Film Festival 2021 (New York City, New York)