Director: Mahnaz Afzali



Hayedeh Shirzadi” received a PhD in Ecology and created the only 100% waste recycling plant in her city of Kermanshah. She wants to do this in every city in Iran.



This documentary takes a brief look at Hayedeh Shirzadi and her husband’s shared life, love and work and their attempt to put an end to the dumping and burial of urban garbage. Due to their hard work and ingenuity, 100% of the city of Kermanshah’s garbage is now recycled and the bio waste is made into organic fertilizers.

Shirzadi studied recycling in Germany. She returned to Iran in order to clean up the environment, to stop the destruction of arable land, and to curb air and water pollution. Her first attempts were ignored but she kept at the local government until she was successful in getting the job of waste manager, first in her birth place Gilane Gharb and then in Kermanshah. She also traveled around Iran and helped establish recycling center in many cities. Today Kermanshah’s waste is all recycled and converted into useful products.

She is an energetic leader and the fate of the earth is her main concern. Shirzadi has recently launched a site for recycling construction rubble.





  • Special Jury Award, 6th International Urban Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, August 2017


  • ۲nd Slemani International Film Festival, Slemani, Iraq, October 2017
  • ۶th Iran International Green Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, September 9-15, 2017
  • ۲nd Health Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, August 17-23, 2017
  • ۶th International Urban Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, August 1-5, 2017
  • ۱st international Festival, Made in Iran, January, 4-7, 2017



  • ۱۰th International Documentary Film Festival , Cinema Verite, (Special Section of KARESTAN) Tehran, Iran, December, 4 -11, 2016



Original Title: Madare Zamin

۵۲ min., English Subtitle, HD, Color, Iran, 2017

Original Languages: Persian, Kurdish, German

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 or 1:1.85

Sound Format: Stereo

Exhibition Format: DCP / Blu-Ray / DVD / H.264 File



Mahnaz Afzali made a name for herself as a documentary filmmaker after releasing her film The Red Card. Before this she was well-known as a theatre, cinema, and TV actor.

Afzali began her cinematic career in 1986 by appearing in the fictional film Report on the Murder. She also starred in The Night-Shift Nurse, Crossing the Haze, Suspicion, The Heavenly Earth and Tears and Smiles.

Before her film The Red Card, she had already made her first documentary Without a Witness in 2000. Her other documentaries include The Ladies’ Room, which focuses on homeless women living in parks. In addition to making documentaries and acting, Afzali has presented the radio program Cinema and Music and she has narrated several documentary films.

Afzali received the Golden Dolphin for best film at the ‘Kish’ Documentary Film Festival for her film The Ladies’ Room in 2004.



There is nothing impossible for Hayedeh Shirzadi. She will find a way to accomplish what she has set out to do even in the most difficult situations. Her goal to save the planet has given her life meaning. She returns all the waste material, pollution and contamination we produce back to the Earth or turns it into something valuable to the life-cycle. When condemning what we are doing to the environment and how we are polluting the air and the water, she shouts at the top of her lungs: “We’ve only got one earth and we’re not kind to it. The earth doesn’t need us – it’s we who need the soil, water and air.”


Hayedeh Shirzadi, the founder and CEO of Kermanshah waste recycling and organic fertilizer production company

Birth Date: 1959

Birth Place: Gilane Gharb

Dr. Shirzadi is not only a great entrepreneur whose recycling program has to some extent put an end to the burial of garbage in her hometown, she is also an environmental activist and lover of life.

Shirzadi was born into a large family in Gilane Gharb. She finished high school by studying at home and taking the final exams. After earning a technical school certificate, she successfully applied to study horticulture engineering at Kassel University in Germany.

Having earned a PhD in Ecology, she returned to Iran with great hopes, and founded the Kermanshah waste recycling and organic fertilizer production company. Combining cultural and environmental considerations, this company not only cleans the environment, but also encourages clean and healthy farming. They also go door to door and educate families about recycling their home waste.

Presently, the company has been undertaking advisory, research, and executive programs in about 65 cities and 2000 villages around the country while creating jobs for over 700 people in Iran.



Writer & Director Mahnaz Afzali / Editor Shirin Barghnavard / Cinematographer Reza Teimouri / Composer Iman Vaziri / Sound Designer Amir Hosein Ghassemi / Sound Recordist Ahmad Reza Taee / Assistant Director & Production Manager Abed Nicpoo / Color Grading Hamidreza Fatourehchian, Sindokht Rahimian / Still Photographers Abbas Kowsari, Peyman Hooshmandzadeh / Graphic Designer Hamed Jaberha / Project Advisors Mahmoud Nazzari, Hossein Akbari / Research Management Team (EDF) Firouzeh Saber, Zahra Emrani / Researcher Alireza Khoshbakht

With presence by: Hayedeh Shirzadi, Edmund Lempges

Production Sponsors: Mark Amin, Aliasghar Hajibaba, Tabarestan Steel Foundry, Iran vice Presidency of Women and Family Affairs, Mahmoud Nazzari, Dozhpad, Shila Fastfood

Distribution Sponsor: Saman Bank

Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad

Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

A Product of KARA Film Studio