Date of Birth
29 May 1957, Teheran, Iran
SpouseMarzieh Makhmalbaf (? - present) 3 children
Father of Samira Makhmalbaf, Hana Makhmalbaf and Maysam Makhmalbaf.
Retrospective at the Kerala International Film Festival, India. 
Recepient of the Sergei Parajanov Award at Yerevan Film Festival (2006).
Being member of an underground Islamic militia group, he was shot and arrested while attempting to disarm a policeman at the age of 17.
Was raised by his single mother.
Between the age of 8 and 17, he had thirteen different jobs including bellboy and plains worker.
Resides in Kabul, Afghanistan with his family, taking charge of executing projects on education and hygiene.
Has written 27 books, some of them translated into 12 languages.
Formed the Makhmalbaf Film House to teach film (1996).