The Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake occurred at 00:30:09 on June 21, 1990 (21:00:09 June 20, 1990 UTC). It caused widespread damage in areas within a one hundred kilometer radius of the epicenter near the City of Rasht and about two hundred kilometers northwest of Tehran. The cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan and 700 villages were destroyed, and over three hundred villages were affected. There was $200,000,000 not only in damage but in health care in damage in Gilan and Zanjan provinces southwest of the Caspian Sea.
100,000 adobe houses sustained major damage or collapsed resulting in forty thousand fatalities, and sixty thousand injured. 500,000 people were left homeless.
After Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami found out about the death of a boy who had acted in his film Where Is the Friend's Home?, he was led to make a film about humanity and catastrophe called And Life Goes On.