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UNITED KINGDOM, Iran | 73 minutes | 2019

The body of artist Mania Akbari serves as the inspiration for an artwork both performative and sculptural. Ravaged by a double mastectomy and subsequently transformed through the stages of an IVF pregnancy, her body becomes her muse, a metaphor for the political history of her native Iran. Life, death, the language of the imagination and censorship are explored through trauma both personal and collective. Powerful and deeply intimate, this lyrical essay is loosely built on the exchange of letters between two artists — Akbari and her partner Douglas White — as they contemplate what is happening to them now.

In collaboration with RIDM.

"Mania Akbari reaches for the sublime with a dreamlike film that tries to join the dots between past and present. form of digressive-poetic cinema, connecting images and ideas in a dream-associative logic." The Guardian

FIPRESCI award - Ankara Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival 2019

New Vision Award - CPH:DOX 2019


Saturday October 12, 2019

Program #47
Cinéma du Parc 3

Thursday October 17, 2019

Program #182
Cinéma du Parc 1

Douglas White

No biography

This is Douglas White's first film

Mania Akbari

No biography

2014 Life May Be (80 mins) ?
2012 From Tehran to London (45 mins)?
2011 One.Two.One. (79 mins)?
2011 30 Minutes To 6 AM (53 mins)
?2007 10+4 (77 mins)?
2004 20 Fingers (70 mins)
2005 Six Video Arts (32 mins combined)
?2002 Crystal (45 mins)?
2002 In My Country Men Have Breasts (5 mins)

distribution and credits

  • Editing Paria Kamyab, Ashkan Mehri, Majed Niesi, Babak Salek
  • Screenplay Douglas White, Mania Akbari
  • Producer Mania Akbari, Douglas White
  • Cast Mania Akbari, Douglas White
  • Sound desgin Pooya Koosha

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