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I For Iran

I comme Iran
Director: Sanaz Azari

Belgium, 2014, documentary, 50 min., french with english and lithuanian subtitles, V

Brussels, behind the closed doors of a classroom. Using a textbook dating from the Islamic revolution, Sanaz Azari, the director, learns how to read and write in Persian, her mother tongue. Over the course of the lessons, the teacher initiates her to the basics of the language, which becomes a gateway to the history and culture of Iran. Gradually, the didactic method of the lessons evolves into a poetic, visual collage, which introduces the notion of freedom and questions the meaning of a revolution.

Awards:

2014 – Georges de Beauregard International Prize at International Film Festival of Marseille.

About the director:

Sanaz Azari was born in Isfahan (Iran) in 1981. She grew up and lives in Brussels where, after studying photography, she graduated from the scenography workshop at the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels de la Cambre (National School of Visual Arts). Parallel to her studies, she did three years of intensive theatre training in the Stanislavski method. In 2010, after various creating works in scenography, urban installations and exhibitions, she made her first documentary Good morning Isfahan (Salaam Isfahan, 2010), which won the Audience Award at the Visions du Réel Festival in Nyon.

Section: Main programme

Screenplay: Sanaz Azari

Dir. of Photography: Vincent Pinckaers

Cast: Sanaz Azari, Behrouz Majidi