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Janbal (12A*) + ScreenTalk with filmmakers (via Skype)

Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

Man with jug on head

Persian mythology, ancient rituals, and traditional storytelling collide in Janbal, a layered patchwork of documentary and fantasy, performance art and poetry.

Janbal is inspired by an ancient Hormuz Island myth, in which people sacrifice clothes of the deceased to the sea so that the goddess Sea-Mother will cleanse their souls. The film takes stories told by the island’s dwellers as its starting point, and playfully finds its form from there.

Musa is enchanted by the sounds of the sea. He collects clothes from its shore to create pictorial visions of the Sea-Daughter; he writes stories; he plays the jahleh (clay pot) to keep alive the sound of her voice.

Directed by celebrated video and performance duo Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Janbal takes cinematic storytelling to realms rarely explored, blurring the real and the imaginative in a richly textured and poetic form that is inventive, rhythmic, and visually out-of-this-world.

The screening will be followed by a Skype discussion with directors Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam.

Iran 2017 Dir Mina Bozorgmehr, Hadi Kamali Moghadam 65 min

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