23 People (film)

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23 People
Directed byMehdi Jafari
Release date
  • September 2019 (2019-09) (Fajr)

23 People (Persian: ۲۳ نفر‎, romanized23 Nafar) is a 2019 drama war film based on the novel 23 People. The film was directed by Mehdi Jafari and sponsored by Owj Arts and Media Organization in Tehran. Yusefzadeh and some of the other teen captives attended the movie along with the cast and crew. Yusefzadeh said, “We were absolutely thrilled with this movie.... By watching the film, we didn’t know whether to cry or to be happy, because everything was very real in the film.”[1]


23 People is an adaptation of the memoirs of the 23 young Iranian prisoners who were captured by Iraqi forces during the Iran-Iraq war in 1982. This young group was between 13 and 17 years old.


Ghasem Soleimani's presence behind the scenes of the film"23 People" 015.jpg

In October 2018, General Qasem Soleimani attended production of the film and met with members of the cast and crew on location in Iran's capital.[2] The film showed at the 2019 Fajr International Film Festival.[3]



  1. ^ "True story of young Iranian captives of Saddam screens at Fajr". Tehran Times. 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  2. ^ "Cinema ifilm to review '23 People'". ifilm-آیفیلم.
  3. ^ "23 People".

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