Mohammad Reza Mohammadi, an Afghan writer and director,was born and raised in Mashhad, Iran. After making a few amateur short films, he spent a year at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society learning filmmaking. He lived in Sweden, Germany, and France for three years, before returning to Iran in 2021. His short film Nazpari was screened at the Chelkinofest and Sama International Film Festival. Roya is his second short film made in Iran .