Mani Haghighi was born in 1969 in Tehran, Iran. He received B.A. in philosophy from McGill University, 1991, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Guelph, 1997 and an M.A. in cultural studies from Trent University, 2000. He then returned to Iran to begin making films. He directed Water (2000), a short film based on a story by Borges, and To Stay (2001), a documentary about the lives of twelve Iranian painters during the Iraqi missile attacks on Tehran in the final days of the Iran-Iraq war. His first feature, Adaban, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004. Men at Work is Haghighi's second feature film.