An intimate exploration of intergenerational healing and the bittersweet cycles of life for Jordan Klassen by Vancouver-based director and cinematographer Farhad Ghaderi (previously featured here). Featuring an actual family of non-actors, “Golden Ladder” is the result of script and scenes workshopped together in order capture something authentic and relatable based on the women’s own lived experience. As Ghaderi states:

“I wanted to paint a portrait of what this healing might look like to some, by showing fragments of the present and past of a mother and her daughter, and what happens when the role of the caretaker is reversed with time. Some of these moments are inspired by my own family’s journey with healing, trauma and immigration, but the film itself is the result of a collaboration with every performer on screen.”

Check out “Golden Ladder” above as well as some behind-the-scenes images from the shoot below!


Directed by Farhad Ghaderi
Production Company: Boldly
Executive Producers: Neel Gupta, Shelby Manton,
Kristoff Duxbury, Sebastien Galina, Geoff Manton
Producers: Shelby Manton, Joaquin Cardoner
Artist: Jordan Klassen
Editor: Alexander Farah
Casting: Kara Eide, CSA and Kris Woznesensky, CSA
Director of Photography: Farhad Ghaderi
1st AC: Robin Rigault
2nd AC: Solomon Chiniquay
Gaffer: Yannie Yu
Key Grip: Andrei Lyskov
1st AD: Joaquin Cardoner
2nd AD: Rebecca Steele
Production Designer: Charlie Hannah
Art Assistant: Kathleen Cooper
Wardrobe Stylist: Nina Maidment
Hair/Makeup Artist: Jess De Palma
Production Assistant: Grayson Lang
Colourist: Sam Gilling
VFX: Lucas Hrubizna
Sound Design/Mix: Oscar Vargas
Film Scan: Peter Hagge at Film House

Starring and in collaboration with Sarinthy Smith, Sarine Smith, Abigail Smith,
Merissa Smith, Camille Posadas, Carolyn Yu, Aria Washington

Special Thanks:
Keslow Camera, Brightside Cinema, Pacific Backlot
Film House, Dariush Ghaderi, Dora Prieto
Hana Amani, David Findlay, Gurbir Grewal
Wes Walker, Jeremy Cox, Jaryl Lim, Janessa Washington









Farhad Ghaderi’s Website

Farhad Ghaderi on Vimeo

Farhad Ghaderi on Instagram


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