US premiere
FILM and VIDEO Series

Sepideh Farsi: The Journey of Maryam (Safar-e Maryam)

Iran/France, 2002, 35 mm, 80 min, OV Farsi, Eng. ST, US premiere

A subtle mixture of documentary and fiction, The Journey of Maryam outlines the blurred contours of exile -- this ineffable quality that the place of your birth still retains long after you have left. Like Maryam, the invisible heroine of the film -- shot entirely through a subjective camera -- Sepideh Farsi lives in Paris. Her film is a sensitive, often melancholy meditation on the origin of storytelling, on loss and displacement, nostalgia and bonding. Place the faded photograph of a man before total strangers, tell them he’s your long-lost father, that you’re looking for him, and suddenly, with unexpected warmth, a desire to please, a desire to help, they remember -- yes he was here -- last month, last year, yesterday. Go to the park, to that other neighborhood, ask the shopkeepers. In the footsteps of this--maybe imaginary--father, the filmmaker/heroine (re)discovers Tehran, and captures it on the filmstrip whose texture has been reprocessed to look like the intricate fabric of a hand-woven cloth, like the meandering of our memory. BR

Preceded by:

Mohammad Ahmadi: Captive, Waiting (Asir, Entezar)

Iran, 2002, Beta SP, 23 min, OV Arabic, English ST, US premiere

A man writes to the child he has never seen to announce that they will finally meet, eighteen years after his/her birth --the time elapsed since his capture by the Iranian army. This man is one of the hundreds of Iraqi prisoners of war still in captivity since the Iran-Iraq war ended twenty years ago. (FCMM)

The Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM) is made possible by the generous collaboration of the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology. For more information on the Festival, visit www.fcmm.com

The Film and Video Series at REDCAT is funded by Wendy Keys and Donald A. Pels.

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Date/Time G ST CA
Sat 02.07.04 9:30pm
$8 $4 $4

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff