ZAGROS

58 min., Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2018
Directed byAriane Lorrain & Shahab Mihandoust
Produced byAriane Lorrain & Shahab Mihandoust
LanguageFarsi, Lori
Short description

ZAGROS follows the creation of carpets across the Western mountains of Iran, revealing the colours of a culture through labour.

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From Friday 17 May, 2019 to Thursday 30 May, 2019
Cinemathèque québécoise, Montréal
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From Saturday 25 May, 2019 to Saturday 25 May, 2019
Cinéma Moderne, Montréal

Film details

Synopsis

ZAGROS follows the creation of carpets across the Western mountains of Iran, the land of Bakhtiaris. Wool is the guiding thread that traverses nomadic and sedentary cultures, revealing the worlds of weavers, dyers and shepherds through their labour. Carpets weave the social fabric of their lives, giving it form as well as colour. The work is hard, and is gradually being devalued by the outside world – but their lives are redeemed through the love they feel for their traditions.

 

Credits

Direction : Ariane Lorrain and Shahab Mihandoust

Cinematography : Ariane Lorrain

Sound : Shahab Mihandoust

Editing : Shahab Mihandoust et Ariane Lorrain

Score :  Farshad Poorhosseini et Hojat Poolani

Sound Design : Benoît Dame

Calibration : Victor Ghizaru

Production : Ariane Lorrain and Shahab Mihandoust

 

Financial Partners

Canada Council for the Arts

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Aide au cinéma indépendant du Canada (ACIC)

PRIM

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Les Films du 3 Mars

Director

Ariane Lorrain & Shahab Mihandoust

Ariane Lorrain is a documentary filmmaker born from a Quebecer father and an Iranian mother, who grew up in a multicultural trilingual home. Her approach is close to the traditions of visual anthropology and essay film, privileging the senses and poetry to convey reality’s surrealness. Her work deals with issues of land and identity, cultural passation and collective rituals. Her hybrid background led her to live and create between Montreal and the Middle East. ZAGROS is her first feature, shot within her mother’s lineage, the Bakhtiari tribe.

 

 

Shahab Mihandoust was born in Tehran after the revolution during the war between Iran and Iraq. During the massive wave of immigration of baby boomers in the early 2000s, he left Tehran for Montreal as a young student. He continued his education in film studies before he began his practice as a filmmaker. In his past works he has employed both fictional and documentary forms to express human conditions on one hand, and to study social and cultural behaviors on the other hand.

Screenings archive

Cinemathèque québécoise
From Friday 17 May, 2019 to Thursday 30 May, 2019 Montréal
Cinéma du Parc
From Friday 17 May, 2019 to Wednesday 29 May, 2019 Montréal
Cinéma Moderne
From Saturday 25 May, 2019 to Saturday 25 May, 2019 Montréal