Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles - Programme Launch: Black and White & A Simple Event
Black and White (Siah-o sefid) & A Simple Event (Yek ettefāq-e sāda)
Black and White (Siah-o sefid)
An utterly atypical entry into Shahid Saless’ sombre oeuvre, this irreverent stop-motion animated short is chock full of inventive twists and surprises.
Iran 1972, 4 min, digital version (no dialogue). Directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless. Commissioned by Kanoon: The Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.
A Simple Event (Yek ettefāq-e sāda)
Shahid Saless’ stunning debut feature tells the slow-burning story of a young boy living in the town of Bandar Shah (now Bandar Torkaman) by the Caspian Sea. His monotonous existence, spent between school, errands for his fisherman father, and tending to his ailing mother, is changed by a simple but devastating event. Initially conceived as a documentary, Shahid Saless diverted the budget of this government commission towards his own ends. Paying no heed to the coastal town’s sights and attractions, he instead turns his insistent gaze on the seemingly uneventful lives of its poorest inhabitants.
Introduced by the curators Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Perneczky. Followed by a reception.
Iran 1974, 81 min, 35mm, Farsi with English subtitles. Written and directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless. Cinematography by Naghi Massumi. With Mohammad Zamani, Ane Mohammad Tarikhi, Habibollah Safarian, Hedayatollah Nawid.
Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles is curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Perneczky in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and in collaboration with the Munich Film Museum. With support from the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University (London), Iran Heritage Foundation (London) and Arts Council England. We would like to thank our partner venues Close-Up and the ICA.
This screening is part of the series Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles, 4 November 2017 - Friday 19 January 2018. Please see full programme details here.
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Part of series Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles