IRANIAN SHORT DOCS
SATURDAY, 23 APRIL 2022
22:00 - 00:00
This screening session features 6 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Tickets are only 6€ per session, and include a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar afterwards. *All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.
YALMAN (IRAN) BY ISA BABAE
Synopsis: The story of an old woman who talks to her birds to escape loneliness. She raised her seven children with hard works but they did not come to her after leaving home and are living their private lives. She lives on the outskirts of town. Her self-esteem does not allow her to seek government support for a living... Running time: 00:18:56.
Selections/awards: Euganea FF, Festival Ecuatoriano de Cine Atuk, Tehran International Short FF, Ellensburg FF, NAFA International Ethnographic FF, Muslim FF Perth, Aporia International Village FF.
About the director: Isa Babae, born in 1980 in Gilan, Iran, has a BA in cinema from the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. An interest in cinema led Babae to begin writing film scripts for others. He has made 6 short films and 1 short documentary. His last short film, The Land of Ants (2018) was selected at several film festivals and has won an award at the Pasargard Film Festival. His other short films have also gone on to win awards at national and international festivals.
LABORATORY NO.2 (IRAN) BY EDRIS ABDI, AWARE OMER
Synopsis: 'Documentary Laboratory No. 2' is the story of an old man who has been working in the autopsy department of Sulaimaniyah University of Medical Sciences for 14 years. During these 14 years, he works on a corpse. He finally retires. Finally, he decides that... Running time: 00:16:17.
Selections/awards: Int Slemani FF (Best Short Documentary), Big Sky Documentary FF, Krakow FF, Martovski - Belgrade documentary and short FF.
About the director: Edris Abdi (1989, Iranian Kurdistan) graduated from Tehran University of Elmi Karbordi with a degree in filmmaking in 2010. He has worked as a sound Recorder and Sound design in over twenty films. Aware Omer Saeed (1988 Sulaimaniyah), graduated from The Art College, the film making department of the University of Sulaimaniyah in 2021. He worked as the director of photography in seven short films and has two short film screenplay.
CUTSTEIN (IRAN) BY HAMIDREZA KHOSH-BAZAN
Synopsis: The life of an editor who works for Islamic Republic of IRAN Broadcasting and feels like Frankenstein, creating a monster. Running time: 00:10:47.
Selections/awards: Flickers’ Rhode Island IFF - Between Takes: A Cinema Fantasia (Best Documentary Short), Canberra Short FF, SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest (Highly Commended Award), Festival Angaelica (Best Shorter International Experimental Film), FFTG Awards, Romford Horror Festival.
About the director: Khosh-Bazan was born and raised in Tehran the capital of Iran. I majored in industrial engineering. He is an empirical editor who has been working for IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) since 2009. Cutstein is his debut.
I WON’T REMAIN ALONE (IRAN) BY YASER TALEBI
Synopsis: An old disabled couple living in a small village in the northern part of Iran, face an unfathomable tragedy when their youngest son falls into a coma after an accident. Defying the Islamic traditions of burial, overcoming problems of red tape, and turning devastation into hope, the parents agree to donate their son’s organs. Five years after their brave decision, a film crew visits them and records their slow path of reconciliation with death – or rather, their acquaintance with eternal life. Running time: 00:15:00.
Selections/awards: Tehran Int Short FF, Mammoth Lakes FF, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, and more.
About the director: Yaser Talebi (1982, Northern Iran) is a film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor who has also made his name as a creative director. Yaser is a member of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA), and his films have been screened at festivals worldwide and won numerous awards.
A LETTER TO MY MOTHER (IRAN) BY AMINA MAHER
Synopsis: A heartfelt letter to tell a mother the most painful of secrets. Amina Maher, who in 2002 was the young protagonist of 'Ten' by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood. Running time: 00:19:33.
Selections/awards: Kasseler Dokfest Lovers FF, Sparrowland Short FF Brisbane (Best Documentary Film), LGBTQIA+ FF, Ontario International FF (Winner Best International Documentary), Verona IFF (Winner Best Experimental Film), Beirut International Women FF (Winner Best International Short Film), and more.
About the director: Amina Maher (Tehran, 1992) is an Iranian queer filmmaker whose works deal with themes of social taboos and gender-identity in relation to violence and power structure. She began her cinematic activity as the main protagonist in Abbas Kiarostami's "Ten” which featured the real-life relationship between Amina and her mother. Her multi-awarded short film, Letter to my mother, was part of the competition at numerous international film festivals.
THE DOLL (AROUSAK) (IRAN) BY ELAHE ESMAILI
Synopsis: After consulting with his relatives a 35-year-old father consents to the marriage of his 14-year-old daughter. As individuals with differing perspectives his family grapple with the decision. Running time: 00:32:57.
Selections/awards: Hot Docs Canadian Int Doc Fest (Best International Short Documentary), Full Frame Doc FF, Atlanta FF, Athens Int. Film & Video F, Guangzhou Int Doc FF, Norwegian Short FF, Tirana IFF, Tehran Int Short FF.
About the director: Elahe Esmaili has a BA in Film from Tehran University of Art, and is currently doing a Masters in Directing at NFTS. She is concerned with children's and women's rights; issues such as child marriage, child abuse, neglect, or violence by parents, rape, women-against-women, and social inequalities.