Overruled is a medium-length documentary that recounts the lives and hopes of young Afghan refugees in Iran. They happen to work as ball boys in tennis clubs in Tehran. They learn tennis and make progress in it to find a suitable identity in Iranian society. No matter how good they become in tennis they are not accepted into the new society and remain outsiders, in the eyes of Iranians. They are a group of unauthorized tennis players who wish to compete at the same level as their resident competitors. Their lives are stuck in a circle of not being able to obtain permanent residency while living under the threat of detention and deportation. Should they take the high-risk road of fleeing to an unknown fate in the West?
Born in Tehran, Iran, Farnaz Jurabchian received her BFA in Cinema from The Melhoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University in Montreal and Mohammad Reza Jurabchian recieved his BFA in photography from University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. Together the brother and sister collaborate in several short and documentary films, which have been selected for a number of international film festivals worldwide. In addition, their short film The Last Image of a Memory was the winner of the Grand prize from the Third edition of Tiznit International short film festival in Morocco.