Following the success of the Karestan Documentary event at SOAS, the Centre for Iranian Studies is screening two further award winning documentaries. “Lady of the Roses” by Morteza Mirtahmasb and “Mother of the Earth” by Mahnaz Afzali reveal lives of Iranian environmental-social activists. These Iranian documentaries show how life-long projects have created positive enduring changes for the Iranian people and landscape. Iranian Documentaries
In addition, the film screenings will be followed by the opportunity to converse with the film directors via skype. “Lady of the Roses” in a sense is the archetypal character whose passion and endeavours set an example for everyone. Like all the Karestan documentary series, people play an integral role in transforming notions of social responsibility in contemporary Iran, despite hostile circumstances.
Karestan presents stories of Iranian entrepreneurs who take risks and change their lives by creating innovative ideas and values. For more information visit the Karestan Project along with a short film on the project here. Iranian Documentaries
The screening event takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 April in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at SOAS. Above all, each of the two documentaries follows a Q&A session with the directors of the films on Skype. Iranian Documentaries
The motives of the Iranian Documentaries
This documentary follows the story of Shahindokht Sanati who replaced the poppy fields of Lalehzaar region of Kerman with roses. She transformed the agricultural destiny of a region once known as an opium producing centre, to one bedecked with flowers. Homayoun Sanati, Shahindokht’s spouse tells the story three years after her death. He later founded “Franklin Publishing,” “Offset printing house,” “Pars Paper Co.,” which is a unique figure in Iran’s culture.
In fact, this documentary takes a brief look at Hayedeh Shirzadi (PhD in ecology) and her husband’s shared life. It shows how their love and attempts could put an end to the dumping and burial of urban garbage. Therefore, their hard work has resulted in 100% of Kermanshah’s garbage being recycled and the bio waste being made into organic fertilizers. Dr Shirzadi is an energetic leader whose main concern is the fate of the earth; she travels around Iran establishing recycling centres and has recently opened up a centre for recycling construction rubble.