Profession: Documentarist

    Herfeh: Mostanad

    • Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei
    • Iran
    • 2014
    • 80 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • The Female Gaze
    “We Iranian documentary directors have movies that can only be made in our minds. Sometimes, we tell them to each other.” These are the words of Farahnaz, one of the seven female documentary makers whose voices are heard in Profession: Documentarist. This intimate ensemble piece comprises seven personal stories that had to be left untold following the Islamic Revolution in 1979. In diary style, they raise issues that deeply impact everyday life, but are nonetheless “prohibited” in the country. The contributors also reflect on their clandestine existence and the importance of film as a medium. Shirin talks about the “silent” war that goes unreported in today’s deceptively calm Tehran. Firouzeh discusses the fear felt by filmmakers living under censorship. Farahnaz shows how music has disappeared from public life since women were forbidden to sing. Mina explains how one by one most of her friends have left to go abroad. Sepideh describes the disenchantment of her youth, beginning with the death of her aunt on the day of the Revolution. Sahar reflects on her view from the window of a prison, and Nahid shares her thoughts about solidarity and hope despite setbacks and increasing restrictions. The soundtrack consists of music banned in Iran, by Iranian pop icon Googoosh and others.

    Credits

    • 80 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Iranian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei
    Production
    Nahid Rezaei, Shirin Barghnavard
    Editing
    Shirin Barghnavard, Farahnaz Sharifi, Sepideh Abtahi, Arian Mahdizadeh, Nahid Rezaei
    Screenplay
    Shirin Barghnavard, Firoozeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei
    Narration
    Shirin Barghnavard, Firoozeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei

    IDFA history

    2014
    Dutch Premiere
    The Female Gaze

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