Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Homāyūnshahr, Province of Isfahan. He is a graduate of theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from University of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares University, respectively. Farhadi made short 8mm and 16mm films in the Isfahan branch of the Iranian Young Cinema Society, before moving on to write plays and screenplays for IRIB. He directed his first feature, Dancing in the dust in 2002. Worldwide multi-rewarded for his following long features, he gained international recognition with A Separation, which won over 70 international prizes.