He began his career as a photographer. He directed several short documentaries about the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The film director won critical acclaim for the 16-mm "Neynava".His movie Mim Mesle Madar
(M for Mother, 2006) was a huge success despite its sad and shocking scenes. The film was selected to represent Iran in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2008 Oscars.