Mania Akbari’s masterclass at Goldsmiths University of London

In this masterclass, Iranian documentary filmmaker, Mania Akbari, will join us to screen her latest her latest film A Moon For My Father (2018) and then hold a Q&A with the audience.
A Moon For My Father by Mania Akbari and Douglas White,UK/Iran/Germany, 2018, 75 min,English and Farsi with English subtitles.
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.A rare opportunity to see A Moon For My Father, the latest film from Iranian documentary filmmaker Mania Akbari, with a Q&A after the screening In this masterclass, Iranian documentary filmmaker, Mania Akbari, will join us to screen her latest her latest film A Moon For My Father (2018) and then hold a Q&A with the audience. A Moon For My Father. Directors: Mania Akbari and Douglas White UK, Iran, Germany, 2018, 85 min., English and Farsi with English subtitles 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.
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Essay Film Festival 2019 at the ICA

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-discussion

CPH:DOX International Doc Film Festival.

A Moon for My Father, at CPH:DOX International Doc Film Festival.
Courageous, raw and performative video work about the Iranian artist Mania Akbari’s first-hand experiences with both breast cancer and pregnancy. Mania Akbaris’s own body is the primary medium and material in her and Douglas White’s raw and courageous film, which with a performative and sculptural materiality documents – and reflects upon – Akbari’s experience with breast cancer, and since then with pregnancy. Akbari connects her own body to Iran’s political history, and examines the traumas of both as she lives through her illness. However, there is no lack of spirit and courage, and the same goes for the will to give the indescribable a meaningful form. Life, death, language, censorship and the artistic process – the abstract suddenly becomes concrete in the face of the possible ending of life, and the beginning of a new life. The work on ‘A Moon for My Father’ started a few weeks after Akbari and White first met, and we become witnesses to how a both artistic and closely personal relationship develops between them along the way. An uncompromising work, which stays with you for a long time.
https://cphdox.dk/en/programme/film/?id=1003