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Screening at Dokufest Film Festival 5-8 August

Mania Akbari collaborates with British sculptor Douglas White to coin a tender fusion of langauge, where a meeting of cinema and sculpture investigates the processes of physical and psychological destruction and renewal. Begun a matter of weeks after first meeting, the film charts a deepening artistic and personal relationship exploring the nature of skin, family, death, water, desire and, throughout, a powerful will to form. Akbari looks into the connection between her body and the political history of Iran, investigating the relationship between her own physical traumas and the collective political memory of her birthplace. As she undergoes surgeries on a body decimated by cancer, remembrance and reconstruction provide a framework for investigating how bodies are traumatised, censored and politicized, and yet ultimately remain a site of possibility.
https://dokufest.com/2019/program/film-details/?id=492450

Screening at New Horizons International film festival 26-27 July

A Moon for My Father by Mania Akbari and Douglas white at New Horizons International film festival. Dear friends If you are there please don’t miss the screening on 26 July at 12:45 & 27 July at 19:00 . Also thank you Adriana Prodeus for your beautiful writing about the film. “When one tiny element is removed from a bridge, the entire structure collapses. Mania Akbari—an Iranian artist who is a master of precise, minimalistic gestures that can cause shockwaves—knows just how to use this decisive detail to show that our thinking is constrained. She discusses her relationship with artist Douglas White, which began in 2013, first in the convention of a dialogue, an exchange of experiences from their separate residences in Iran and Australia, and gradually transforming into a face-to-face relationship with a shared life in London. Their exchange of letters is a pretext for meditations on loss and hope. A bat’s corpse is reminiscent of browned bananas. The skin and bones of a dead elephant are a tent for animals. Women protesting on the streets of Tehran are living monuments to resistance. The digressive, poetic narrative of the film doesn’t lose sight of the main subject, i.e., how a woman has to get used to her own body again following a mastectomy—without sentimentality, narcissism or exhibitionism. A story about intimacy and art with no ideology or idealization. Akbari hides and reveals exactly what needs to be hidden and revealed.”
By Adriana Prodeus
https://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/opis.do?id=9602

Screening at the 10th OIFF “Odesa Film Festival”. 11-22July

A Moon for My Father by Mania Akbari, Douglas White at the 10th OIFF “Odesa Film Festival” in Special screening with the films Varda by Agnès by Agns Varda, Process / The Trial by Sergey Loznitsa , Soundtrack for a Revolution by Bill Guttentag, Loves of a blonde by Milo Forman, From Ukraine to Hollywood by Stanislav Suknenko, The Vice of Hope by Edoardo De Angelis, The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, Putin’s Witnesses by Vitaly Mansky / Latvia, Switzerland, Jimmy’s Hall / Jimmy’s Hall by Ken Loach, Birds Are Singing in Kigali by Joanna Kos-Krauze.
Mania Akbari collaborates with British sculptor Douglas White to coin a tender fusion of language, where a meeting of cinema and sculpture investigates the processes of physical and psychological destruction and renewal. As she undergoes various surgeries on a body decimated by cancer, her bodys history engages in a conversation of how bodies are traumatized, censored, and politicized, and yet ultimately remain a site of possibility.

Screening at ICA LONDON 22 Jun 2019

Screening at ICA LONDON 22 Jun 2019,This screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Mania Akbari and Douglas White, hosted by writer and creative director of Modern Forms, Nick Hackworth.
Written and directed by London-based Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari and her partner, the British sculptor Douglas White, A Moon For My Father (2018) considers the mysterious connections between death and loss, memory, love, family ties, the body, birth and artistic creation.The film takes an epistolary form, drawing on several years of written correspondence between Akbari and White. Deftly interwoven alongside the letters are family photos, archival footage from Iran, imagery from White’s artwork, and scenes of the couple’s everyday life together. As Akbari undergoes surgeries on a body decimated by cancer, remembrance and reconstruction provide a framework for investigating how bodies are traumatised, censored and politicised, and yet ultimately remain a site of possibility.
https://www.ica.art/films/a-moon-for-my-father-q-a?fbclid=IwAR2WZc0BVXZ1xLJn4mdinLOn-mUCJYyIbjgOZ0mnbzfeHzx6TSvwNW0kIZ0

Screening at ICA London 15-19 Jun 2019

Screening at ICA London, 15-19 Jun 2019,

Written and directed by London-based Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari and her partner, the British sculptor Douglas White, A Moon For My Father (2018) considers the mysterious connections between death and loss, memory, love, family ties, the body, birth and artistic creation. The film takes an epistolary form, drawing on several years of written correspondence between Akbari and White. Deftly interwoven alongside the letters are family photos, archival footage from Iran, imagery from White’s artwork, and scenes of the couple’s everyday life together. As Akbari undergoes surgeries on a body decimated by cancer, remembrance and reconstruction provide a framework for investigating how bodies are traumatised, censored and politicised, and yet ultimately remain a site of possibility.
06:30 pmSat, 15 Jun 2019 CINEMA 1
02:40 pmSun, 16 Jun 2019 CINEMA 1
04:40 pmTue, 18 Jun 2019 CINEMA 1
06:45 pmWed, 19 Jun 2019 CINEMA 1
https://www.ica.art/films/a-moon-for-my-father?fbclid=IwAR1r37H6qNA5Oj_OHQRl7kean137HDp7AlY3RsNwdeeTJL83RWHutRdCvpU

Screening at Barbican-London + ScreenTalk

A meeting of cinema and sculpture investigates remembrance and reconstruction, putting the trauma of the body in conversation with collective memory.Written and directed by London-based Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari and her partner, British sculptor Douglas White, A Moon For My Father weaves a poetic tapestry from years of written and filmed correspondence between the pair. Family photographs, archival footage and imagery from White’s artwork intermix with documentary footage from Mania’s journey through cancer and pregnancy, connecting images and ideas in a dream-associative logic. Mixing the personal with the political through the visceral and conceptual engagement with the body, the film is an uncompromising, intimate work of artistic expression.

To follow, Mania and Douglas will be in conversation with Peter Bradshaw.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/a-moon-for-my-father-15-screentalk?fbclid=IwAR1eC8qivvUpJFGO_LpSeO6UH0TwgAsD2YNWpSUeFj_T2yuOtwIEIrFNvl8

“FIPRESCI International Critics Award 2019 ” for A Moon for My Father.

“FIPRESCI International Critics Award 2019 ” for
A Moon for My Father.

Our winning film is both intimate and bold. We meet two artists who sculpt their work around death. One feels that she is carrying death in her body, the other is mourning the death of a parent. But together they sculpt life in a miraculous way. The film is brave and never pitiful, though the battle at times is daring. It is a visual, poetic diary, put into a larger socio-politic context, making it a multilayered documentary. “FIPRESCI International Critics Award 2019 ” goes to A Moon for My Father by Mania Akbari and Douglas White.
Juris: Kristian Aalen, Meena Karnik, Sarah Skoric,

Screening at 59th Krakow Film Festival

dir. Mania Akbari, Douglas White | United Kingdom, Iran | documentary | 2019 |
An intimate documentary where a story about corporeality is interlaced with traumatic experiences from the past. Film letters of the director and her partner are intertwined with medical documentation, family photographs or takes from the underground. What seems to be an accidental collage is a coherent artistic expression of a contemporary woman.
https://www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en/59th-kff/films/?fbclid=IwAR0_DFHDWYMVdymfVR4zRVO8cuz1nrsbNTPprscXGtq49Eop8TEPoPKabD8