Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2011 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Academy of Marriage
Category DongSeo Asia Fund
Project Academy of Marriage
Director Reza HAERI
Country Iran
Director's Profile Reza Haeri is an Iranian filmmaker and an independent producer of documentary and short films. He lives and writes in Tehran where he is also involved with a local political periodical (Dialogue). He is currently working on an independent film project. Some of his recent works are: [Landfill Waltzing] (2004, commission by UNDP), [Imam Internet] (2005, commission by Arte Channel France), [127 an Iranian Band] (2006, commission by Channel 4 UK), [Final Fitting] (2008) and [All Restrictions End] (2009, funded by Jan Vrijman Fund).
 
Synopsis
In Iran the marriage ceremony is a 3000-year-old tradition. Traditions such as bride-kidnapping by the groom on horseback, or the carrying of a rifle on the wedding night have only recently been separated from the ceremony. The modern ceremony is generating its own traditions, with the filming of a marriage using giant cranes, or live broadcasting with reports as if from a football match.
Director's Note
Most of the films that I have made since 2003 have been centered on similar issues. Attempting to depict the relationship between ideology and technology – [Imam Internet] (2005) or between fashion and history, [All Restrictions End] (2009) and in this film, images of marriage as well as searching for a creative form for expressing such issues in pictures - have been highly challenging issues for me so far in this profession.
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