Massoud Kimiaei and his son in Switzerland

Without any academic training in cinema or theater, and with only a few years of experience as assistant director, Kimiai became a historical figure in the cinema. He learned film making from the movies, and of his early days of contact with the cinema. He recalls how he used to spend hours outside the movie theaters of Tehran, listening to the sound track of the films blaring from the defective loudspeakers fixed outside the cinema, and trying to visualize the action with the help of oral synopsis furnished by friends who had seen the movie.