Iranian director Farnoosh Abedi’s multiple award-winning sci-fi animated short “The Sprayer” is a powerful commentary on the devastating consequences of unchecked totalitarianism and climate change. The film depicts a bleak and barren world, ravaged by war, where the ruling sprayer army has forbidden any form of plant growth, whether public or private.
In this dystopian world, many people, including soldiers, are unfamiliar with what a plant even looks like. However, one day, a soldier discovers a seed hidden in the dust, sparking his curiosity and setting off a chain of events that could change everything. The discovery leads to something extraordinary, something big, and potentially, something revolutionary.
“The Sprayer” is a standout short film in terms of both content and visuals. The dreary and gray look of the war-torn world is contrasted with the lush green of the plants, making for a visually stunning and compelling work of animation. The film’s message is also powerful: even a single reformed soldier can be the symbol of change, and hope can arise even in the darkest of times.
Here is a trailer for the film
Directed by Farnoosh Abedi
Written by Farnoosh Abedi, Pegah Fardiar
Produced by M.Reza Karimi Saremi, Negah Khezre Fardiar
About the filmmaker
Farnoosh Abedi, the director of “The Sprayer,” was born in 1985 in Isfahan, Iran. He has made over 20 short animated films, TV series, documentaries, and one feature animation. Abedi’s films have been presented and screened at over 200 domestic and international film festivals and have received several awards.