From Tehran to London (Az Tehran Be London)
Bijan Daneshmand, Neda Amiri, Elahe Hesari, Mania Akbari
The lives, loves and poetry of women.
Ava, a poet, is dissatisfied in her marriage with a well-to-do bourgeois man and finds solace in her friendship with their maid. When the maid disappears, Ava’s relationship with her husband reaches a crisis. The filming of Mania Akbari’s crisp and poetic exploration of women’s roles in her native Iran was interrupted when the arrest of several Iranian filmmakers prompted Akbari to leave for the UK, where she finished the film.
Dancing Mania, Roya Akbari/Iran, Canada/2012/25 min
Roya Akbari’s documentary is both a tribute to her sister and an insightful analysis of key elements in her sister Mania Akbari’s From Tehran to London. Exploring the significance of dance, the sexual imagery and the theme of death in the film, it also looks at the portrayal of women in Iranian society throughout Mania’s work. The short film concludes with a letter from Mania to Roya about the former’s decision to emigrate to London.
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