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A Moon For My Father (15*) + ScreenTalk with Directors Mania Akbari & Douglas White

An undressed woman waiting to be looked over by a doctor in her hospital room.

A meeting of cinema and sculpture investigates remembrance and reconstruction, putting the trauma of the body in conversation with collective memory.

Written and directed by London-based Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari and her partner, British sculptor Douglas White, A Moon For My Father weaves a poetic tapestry from years of written and filmed correspondence between the pair. 

Family photographs, archival footage and imagery from White’s artwork intermix with documentary footage from Mania’s journey through cancer and pregnancy, connecting images and ideas in a dream-associative logic. Mixing the personal with the political through the visceral and conceptual engagement with the body, the film is an uncompromising, intimate work of artistic expression.

To follow, Mania and Douglas will be in conversation with Peter Bradshaw.

Iran/UK 2018 Dir Mania Akbari, Douglas White 75 min

* Locally classified 

Mania Akbari Born in Tehran, Mania Akbari is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI, London (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014), and Nottingham Contemporary UK (2018).

Douglas White is a sculptor known for his evocative use of found objects and materials. White graduated from the Ruskin School of Art (2000) and Royal College of Art (2005), and has exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, the US and South America.

Peter Bradshaw is an author and critic who has been chief film critic of The Guardian since 1999. He is the author of three novels, Lucky Baby Jesus, Dr Sweet And His Daughter and Night Of Triumph and the radio series For One Horrible Moment. A selection of his Guardian reviews and essays will be published by Bloomsbury in the autumn entitled The Films That Made Me.

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