Braving the Waves (12A*) + ScreenTalk with Director Mina Keshavarz

Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

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Braving the Waves

A young entrepreneur and mother living in Minab, on the Southern coast of Iran, Roghieh’s quest to establish a much-contested women’s bazaar is the subject of this observational documentary.

In Southern Iran, it is said that the mythical Damahi fish swims out in stormy weather to guide seamen safely back to the shore. Roghieh’s drive to enable local women to have stable jobs selling food and handicrafts in a unionised space takes inspiration from its courage.

“Every one of us has a piece of the Damahi inside of us.” Roghieh states, as she walks along the shore.

Interspersed with moments of colourful animated illustration, imbued with textures of the sea, and of women, this documentary draws from with the rich traditions of the region to celebrate an everyday hero.

A champion of strong female voices, Mina Keshavarz’s portrait highlights the beauty with which Roghieh expresses herself – her language is full of imagery and metaphor, her resolve is stoic and grounded, as she strives to better the lives of women in her country.

Iran 2016 Dir Mina Keshavarz 90 min

Mina Keshavarz will join us for a post screening Q&A during which we will reflect on the place that language plays in representing realities, and how the anchor of a strong poetic tradition – Keshavarz herself is from Shiraz, the city of Iran’s unofficial national poet Hafez – has woven its way into her work as a storyteller.

Keshavarz was one of the filmmakers behind the celebrated and beautiful multi-authored documentary Profession: Documentarist, in which she was one of seven female filmmakers in Iran, reflecting on the narratives they have had to suppress.


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