Shahrzaad's Tale قصه شهرزاد

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Shahrzaad’s Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Shahrzaad is the pseudonym of early 60s popular Iranian actor, also a published writer/poet and Iran's first woman filmmaker. She saw her fortunes plummet dramatically after the Revolution of 1979. Today after more than 30 years of being out of work, in her late sixties, Shahrzaad is a wandering homeless. A tale of an incredible female artist caught in three decades of political turmoil in the cultural landscape of contemporary Iran.
Director : Shahin PARHAMI
COUNTRY : Iran/Canada/Korea
Date of Production : Oct, 2015
Running Time : 129min
Color / Format : DCP / Color/B&W

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Amin
اَمین

Amin portrays Qashqai musician Amin Aghaie, a young modern nomad and his family who despite facing steep financial, cultural and political obstacles are dedicated to their art and culture. Amin travels to remote towns and villages to record the music of the surviving masters whose numbers decline each year. His nomadic family are selling their meager belongings to help support their son’s education in performance and ethnomusicology at Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, but it is not enough. Amin, desperate to finish his academic education, sells his violins one at a time just to pay for his tuition.
120 min, Digi-Beta, Colour and B&W, Iran,South Korea, Canada, 2010






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Faces
چهره ها


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reflecting on Iranian art, culture,
politics of representation, history and the power
of popular media as it exploring the life
and work of 10 Iranian-Canadian artists in diaspora.


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A multi-layered, experimental documentary
reflecting on Iranian art, culture,
politics of representation, history and the power
of popular media as it exploring the life
and work of 10 Iranian-Canadian artists in diaspora.


Digi-Beta, 100min, colour, Canada, 2007



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monologue of veteran actor Shahram Golchin..


DV, 15 min, colour, Canada, 2002







A poetic, performative documentary based on the improvised
monologue of veteran actor Shahram Golchin..


DV, 15 min, colour, Canada, 2002



Lahoot لاهوت



A cinematic poem about one woman’s journey through life.

16 mm ,17min, colour. B&W, Canada, 1998







Nasoot ناسوت



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(Inter-Arts project)HD, 60min, colour, 2008