May 17, 2021
The mutilated body of Iranian film director Babak Khorramdin was discovered on the morning of Sunday, May 16 in a garbage bin in Ekbatan, a planned neighborhood in the west of Tehran.
Rokna News Agency reports that the filmmaker’s parents have confessed to killing their son and dumping his body in Phase 3 of the town. Both are now in police custody.
In his confession, as reported by Rokna, Babak Khorramdin’s father said of the crime: “Because of the disputes we had, I sedated him this morning (Sunday) by giving him anaesthetics, then stabbed him to death. Then I dismembered his body and threw it in the nearest trash can on the street with my wife.”
The body was found stuffed in a suitcase in a bin on Nafisi Street. Tehran’s Police Station 135 ordered a search of the family home, where evidence discovered there clearly pointed to an act of filicide.
Babak Khorramdin was born in 1974 in Tehran and had worked in UK cinema for several years before pursuing a master’s degree in film from Tehran’s School of Fine Arts, going on to teach film in Iran.
He had made several features and short films, including Crevice and Oath to Yashar, which focuses on a young man’s experience of study in London and missing his parents while away from home.
Stunned colleagues, friends and ex-students took to social media on Sunday to express their horror at Khorramdin’s killing. Parviz Jahed, a filmmaker and critic, wrote on his Instagram page: “Babak was a filmmaker, and a few years ago I often met him in London’s cultural and artistic circles. I heard that he missed his family and had returned to Iran, and now I saw this horrible news, and I cannot believe it. What a dreadful time.”