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.
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
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.
The International Jury of the 17th International Festival Signs of the Night in Bangkok has attributed a SPECIAL MENTION in the Documentary section to A MOON FOR MY FATHER.