Using animation and images, filmmaker and ex-political prisoner, Masoud Raouf shows us how step by step the visual landscape along with art and culture were subverted and replaced as means to install the government’s theocracy. As an act of restoring the human map, Raouf shares his stories based on his experiences and memories of pre and post revolution Iran while living in exile.
Director : Masoud Raouf
Screenwriter : Masoud Raouf, Robin Gorn
Year of production: 2014
Interview with the director:
Director, Writer: Reza Allamehzadeh
Year of production: 2014
A tale of two mothers and daughters, one imaginary (Roya and Darya), the other real (Azar and Nina) sharing a cell in prison. Roya is a young sketch artist who was arrested on the day her exhibit was to open in Tehran. And Azar is a young mother incarcerated with her young daughter Nina in Evin prison. The stuff of the film’s narrative is a combination of reality and imagination; it uses Roya’s designs (of infant Nina’s first steps in prison to her own appearance before the Death Committee) to describe the shocking story of political prisoners killed by Khomeini’s Fatwa in 1988, and buried in unmarked mass graves in Khavaran. Does Darya, the imaginary daughter of Roya, get the chance to fulfill her mother’s wishes by finding Nina and retrieving the lost sketches of her own childhood in prison?
Trailer Farsi: http://vimeo.com/88280313
Trailer English: http://vimeo.com/87533426
Bahrami, Pante A. 2008.
105 min. Germany.
“And in Love I Live” is a documentary film about political activities and experiences of three generations of female political prisoners in Iran during the past five decades. In this documentary, thirteen women talk about their political activities and prison experiences. The documentary includes reconstructed scenes of some of the prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Please click here to view a brochure about the film: And in Love I Live.
This was an event promoting the film From Scream to Scream, held at OISE in 2007.
Bahrami, Pante A. 2005.
Germany. 30 min.
From Scream to Scream is the story of a young, female artist who spent eight years in jail for her political activism in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In spite of her confinement, she was able to produce more than 200 paintings and drawings and smuggle them out. This documentary includes interviews with this courageous artist in her exile in Scandinavia and shows some of her artwork.
Please click here to view the cover of the video: Scream to Scream.
Akrami, Joseph. 2004.
90 min. Canada
Through first-hand accounts in Persian and English by Iranians who say they were tortured for their beliefs, filmmaker Joseph Akrami chronicles human rights abuses by Iran’s Islamic fundamentalist government. All the Iranians in Mr. Akrami’s 90 minute film now live in Canada. He also interviewed Canadian human rights groups, United Nations representatives, and immigration lawyers such as Mary Tatham. Mr. Akrami shows the faces of those whom he says are some of those Iranians, including members of opposition movements, journalists, and students. It provides detailed evidence of the systematic brutalization and torture of the Iranian people and portrays this brutality as the essence of the Iranian regime, not simply a technique to ensure its own survival.
Nirizi, Zoe. 2004.
United Kingdom. 27 min.
The Corridor tells the story of a young Iranian woman who becomes politically active in opposing Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime in the 1980’s. She is made to pay a heavy price, not only in terms of her immediate suffering, her torture and imprisonment at the hands of the regime, but the deeper pain of having her daughter, born in prison, taken away by the authorities, to be brought up by her husband’s family. She is then forced to leave Iran and comes to Britain. The Corridor connects the personal and the political through an unflinching look at the nature of organized State violence and by the price paid by those who stand up to it. The film aims at a poetic realism, that both gives the viewer a moral perspective on the events and shows their devastating effects on those caught up in them.
Produced by Black Swan Films.