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Poetry in Motion

Contemporary Iranian Cinema

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A film season reflecting on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, comes alive in cinema.

Poetry is an anchor of everyday life in Iran. The morality tales of Sufi poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi find their ways into Iranian lives – from the playground to the marital home, and buskers sell lines of poetry on the streets of Tehran.

This film season showcases emerging voices in contemporary Iranian cinema through the prism of Persian poetry, rather than through its modern-day politics and often stereotyped representation.

Reflecting Iranian culture’s rich, diverse traditions and love of storytelling, we present the work of bold contemporary filmmakers whose inventive stories will charm, surprise and enchant – a mix of everyday, universal themes, and the retelling of traditional narratives in new voices.

Commissioned by the Bagri Foundation, award winning film producer/curator Elhum Shakerifar and film curator Faye Harvey have curated the programme in partnership with the Barbican.

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Continue our Poetry in Motion season online with MUBI

Simply register for free to watch Mitra Farahani's 'Fifi Howls from Happiness' from Mon 8 April

Barbican Cinema 1 & 2