Focus Iran / Afghanistan
Rassegna sul cinema iraniano e afgano

monday july 3
h. 21.00
Chiostro Sant’Anna

Talking with rivers

Regia/Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Fotografia/Photography Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Montaggio/Editing Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Produzione/Production Makhmalbaf Film House (UK)
Iran 2023, 50’ persiano con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano/ Iran 2023, 50’ Persian with English and Italian subtitles

Talking with Rivers is a conversation between Iran and Afghanistan, two neighbouring countries that used to be one land. The two countries are now sharing their stories after they parted from each other, from the era of Soviet invasion to the civil war and the Taliban era, up to and including the rise and fall of America and the return of the Taliban.

thursday july 6
h. 21.00
Sala Conferenze


Regia/Director Bahman Kiarostami
Fotografia/Photography Davood Maleki
Montaggio/Editing Bahman Kiarostami
Produzione/Production Kambiz Saffari
Iran 2018, 76’ farsi con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano/ Iran 2018, 76’ Farsi with English and Italian subtitles

This film is about the Imam Reza’s returning center. The organization is run by the Foreign Ministry’s Office. It is responsible for deportation-registering Afghan immigrants who have illegally entered Iran.

saturday july 8
h. 22.30
Cortile Bonet

The Etilaat Roz

Regia/Director Abbas Rezaie
Fotografia/Photography Abbas Rezaie
Montaggio/Editing Pedram Yar
Produzione/Production Abbas Rezaie, Zaki Daryabi
Afghanistan 2022, 93’ dari con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano/ Afghanistan 2022, 93’ Dari with English and Italian subtitles

From inside the office of the city’s most widely read newspaper, The Etilaat Roz is a first-hand account of the 2021 takeover of Kabul by the Taliban. Afghan filmmaker and ‘Etilaat Roz’ staff member Abbas Rezaie relentlessly films and questions his passionate colleagues on the editorial team in the days leading up to, during, and after the takeover. What begins as shock at a surreal situation, gradually shifts to realization of an inescapable reality at their doorstep. Tensions rise as his colleagues must balance their families’ safety with their dedication to provide honest reporting, while the Taliban set their targets on the free press.

tuesday july 4
h. 22.30
Cortile Bonet

Formerly youth square

Regia/Director Mina Akbari
Fotografia/Photography Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Montaggio/Editing Sepideh Abtahi
Produzione/Production Mina Akbari, Ehsan Rasoulof
Iran 2023, 68’ persiano con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano/ Iran 2023, 68’ Persian language with English and Italian subtitles

A documentary reviewing the last 20 years atmosphere of Iranian reformist press and observing the political-social situation’s effect on journalism and reporters in Iran. Interviewing with famous journalists who have left their job as a result of this situation.

mercoledì 5 luglio
h. 21.00
Cortile Bonet

Roots in the wind

Regia/Director Soraya Akhlaqi
Montaggio/Editing Mehran Valizadeh
Produzione/Production Soraya Akhlaqi, Mehran Valizadeh
Afghanistan 2022, 26’ versione originale con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano/ Afghanistan 2022, 26’ original version with English and Italian subtitles

In 1979, after the Soviet Union attacked Afghanistan, millions of Afghans were forced to leave their homeland to save their lives, and in the meantime, a huge wave of them immigrated to Iran. Now, after four decades of living in Iran, their second and third generations have been born. They have not seen their motherland and they are not accepted as citizens in Iran. This suspension has placed them in a diasporic situation. Racism and deprivation of basic citizenship rights have caused the social exclusion of this group in the society.This documentary talks about this excluded group and experience “being Afghani” in Iran from their perspective.