Our Persian Rug

    Ghali-e irooni-e ma

    • Massoud Bakhshi
    • Iran, Netherlands
    • 2010
    • 50 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
    Iranian filmmaker Massoud Bakhshi's perplexing memories of his youth, which he shares with the viewer by way of a calm, eloquent voice-over. His memories aren't all idyllic by a long shot, and his sharp observations often turn the metaphorical knife in the wound. At the center of his family history is a Persian rug that his grandmother once wove. His adopted uncle, a man with whom the family has a very difficult relationship, offers this carpet as a present to the filmmaker, only to renege sometime later. The incident sets in motion memories of Bakhshi's father, who was no friend of his uncle. One day, his father left and was never heard from again; two years later, his mother identified his body with 24 bullets in it. Bakhshi has nightmares every night and takes pills to clear his mind. He obsessively leafs through photo albums to see which of his family members are lying and which are telling the truth. In whatever case, no one is talking.


    • 50 min
    • color / black and white
    • video
    • Spoken languages: Persian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Massoud Bakhshi
    Jos de Putter for VPRO, Bella Boender for VPRO, Amine Delkhoshnavaz for Bon Gah
    Massoud Bakhshi
    Ali Mohammad Ghasemi
    Behrooz Shahamat

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    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
    IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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