A Moon for My Father, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE,
A Moon for my Father to be part of the 48th edition of Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma, for the competitive section, Les nouveaux alchimistes.
The body of artist Mania Akbari serves as the inspiration for an artwork both performative and sculptural. Ravaged by a double mastectomy and subsequently transformed through the stages of an IVF pregnancy, her body becomes her muse, a metaphor for the political history of her native Iran. Life, death, the language of the imagination and censorship are explored through trauma both personal and collective. Powerful and deeply intimate, this lyrical essay is loosely built on the exchange of letters between two artists — Akbari and her partner Douglas White — as they contemplate what is happening to them now.
A Moon for My Father Won Best Female Perspective Feature at World of Film International Festival in Glasgow 2019
The best end to a fantastic day! A Moon for My Father has just won Best Female Perspective Feature at World of Film International Festival in Glasgow.
A Moon for My Father at 15ème Festival International du Film Indépendant
événement PROJeCTIONS- DéBATS en présence de Mania Akbari, Cinémas en liBerté Mania Akbari, 10 / 10+4 / 20Fingers / Life May Be / A Moon for My Father at CINEMONDES – 15ème Festival International du Film Indépendant, Du 11 au 18 octobre 2019 – A Berck-sur-Mer et alentours.
A Moon for My Father @Documentary in Female Perspective Competition at WoFF 2019. On 5th October
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 will have screening @cinemaforall in Sheffield on 21st Sep.
Available to screen from 01/09/2019. 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.
A Moon for My Father/ screening on 14-16-18 September at 10° Edición del Festival Internacional CineMigrante in Buenos Aires- Argentina. SÁBADO 14 DE SEPTIEMBRE / Centro Cultural San Martín, Sala 1, 15.30 hs/ Sección Central / Imágenes para la insurrección. (A moon for my father) Mania Akbari | Documental | Reino Unido, Irán – 2018 – 85 | Premier en América Latina. LUNES 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE, Centro Cultural San Martín, Sala 2, 20 hs/ Sección Central / Imágenes para la insurrección. (A moon for my father) Mania Akbari | Documental | Reino Unido, Irán – 2018 – 85 | Premier en América Latina.
JUEVES 19 DE SEPTIEMBRE, Cine York (Vicente López), 20 hs / Sección Central / Imágenes para la insurrección. (A moon for my father) Mania Akbari | Documental | Reino Unido, Irán – 2018 – 85 | Premier en América Latina. Presentada por la directora Mania Akbari. Q&A Mania Akbari @cinemigrante,