'Single Mother' is an inter-generational drama that revolves around a young single mother who leaves her six-year-old daughter in the care of an older woman when she leaves her small town in southern Italy to look for work in the north of the country. "Although the synopsis says it’s about a 22-year girl living in Italy, this story could happen anywhere in the world,” said Makhmalbaf, she "wanted to capture the situation of three generations of women in the world today.”
The new project is her first film since 'Green Days', about an Iranian playwright struggling with creative block against the backdrop of the political clashes that broke out after the contested presidential elections in 2009. It premiered out of competition at Venice in 2009 followed by screenings in Toronto and San Sebastian. Malhmalbaf recently worked on her father Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Georgia-set 'The President'. 'Single Mother' was written by her father wrote, while her brother Maysam is producing under the London-based Makhmalbaf Film House banner.