A Distant Dream

The forth-place winner of the 2nd joint Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance – UNICEF Iran photo contest “Children’s Lives during COVID-19 Pandemic”

Hasan Shirvani
26 October 2021

During the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to visit the less advantaged villages and take photos of the residents’ health situation and facilities.

I saw lots of children in these areas who despite the pandemic and fears of infection were not worried about wearing masks or disinfectants. They had other dreams which were not likely to came true.

They were quite familiar with the virtual environment and have seen social and cultural facilities which were not possible in their villages, hence they had to travel a long distance, sometimes up to hundreds of kilometers, to work on their dreams but it was very hard.

I asked them to visualize their dreams with their body moves to enable me to document their dreams hoping for a way to make their dreams real.

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Hasan Shirvani
Navid, 15, in Bandar Kenarak, Sistan and Baluchistan province, dreams to become a Setar player but his house is 613 km away from the nearest academy.
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Shahab, 14, from the suburbs of Chabahar city in Sistan and Baluchistan province, dreams to be a professional football player to buy a house for his mother and take his family to the restaurant every day.
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Nazir, 13, from Bandar Kenarak in Sistan and Baluchistan province, dreams to become a guitar player but the nearest academy is 700 km away.
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Mahmoud, 11, leaving in a village in Chabahar county, Sistan and Baluchistan province dreams to watch the motocross competitions closely and one day participate in it.
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Masoud, 12, leaving in a village in Chabahar county, Sistan and Baluchistan province dreams to become a volleyball player.
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Ali Akbar, from Chah Dasht village in Roodbar county, Kerman province, is interested in martial arts and acting.
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Danial, 9, from Buing village in Kerman province suffers from EB. He dreams to get on a plane and visit a doctor far from his village to receive treatment.
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Masoumeh, 13, from Kahnouj county, Kerman province, dreams to own a camera to take photos from his village and train children on photography.
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Amir Mohammad, 12, from Jazmourian, Kerman province, dreams to become a famous singer and sing on TV.
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Yalda, 16, from Buing, Kerman province, dreams to own a headphone and listen to her favorite song all day.