Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2018 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Castle
Category Asian Project
Project Castle
Director Hamed ZOLFAGHARI
Country Iran
Director's Profile Hamed Zolfaghari is an Iranian director and producer. He has made five semi-feature documentary films and has participated in several national and international film festivals. From 2009 to 2015 he has worked with Iranian NGOs as a video activist with 50 short documentary films about local people’s rights. Castle is the last project and his first feature documentary film and has won the first prize of Docs in Progress Award at 2017 Thessaloniki Film Festival. Selected Filmography: The Colour of Soil (2015), Behnam, Khale Rokhi and the 100 years Heritage (2013), Black Winds of Abolhasani (2012), Passion of Ebram (2010).
 
Synopsis
A camera comes into an Iranian desert village community and becomes the target of debate between a group of housewives in charge of a filming project and the conservative views that challenge them. As the women film their struggle for higher income and more personal freedom, they use the camera to explore the changes in their own lives and their community.
Director's Note
In building the project that would become the film Castle, I aimed to bring the viewer as close to the women’s world as possible through the participatory process. I admit I was skeptical at first about how handing cameras over to lay people could overcome the biases of film making. Isn’t language both the foundation and problem in any art form, the process of defining and overcoming the communication boundaries to express a complex sense of inner truth? Throughout their process of self-discovery with the camera, I have learned what cinema can achieve and how it can transform itself and its subjects. Their footage reveals an inner truth through the simple but poetic expression of everyday life. In Castle, the women have shown that meaning and beauty can be found not in what you see but how you see it, in presenting it through the eyes of the beholder.
Festivals
Still Cut
Contact
hamed.zolfaghari.k@gmail.com