A Moon for My Father at 17th International Film Festival TORUN- Poland 2019
“Artistic performance is the bridge across the black hole of trauma, the evolved individual and group response to the tragic nature of human existence”.
A Moon for My Father at 17th International Film Festival TORUN- Poland 2019.
Screening on 20 October 15:15. Kino Centrum.
Mania 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. She 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. Documentary.
A MOON FOR MY FATHER at 43ª Mostar International Sao Paolo Film Festival.
Mania Akbari colabora com o escultor britânico Douglas White para propor uma fusão de linguagens, em que a reunião entre o cinema e a escultura investiga os processos de destruição e renovação física e psicológica. O filme mostra o aprofundamento do relacionamento artístico e pessoal entre os dois, que explora a natureza da pele, da família, da morte, da água, do desejo e, por toda parte, uma poderosa vontade pela forma. Mania analisa a conexão entre seu corpo e a história política do Irã, investigando a relação entre seus próprios traumas físicos e a memória política coletiva de seu local de nascimento. Tudo isso fornece um caminho enquanto ela passa por várias cirurgias em um corpo dizimado pelo câncer. A história do seu corpo se mistura a uma conversa sobre como os corpos são traumatizados, censurados e politizados e, no entanto, continuam sendo um local de possibilidades.
A Moon for My Father at DOKUARTS- Berlin 2019
It may be that letter writing has become a forgotten art. And yet, as art that demands from the writer both intimacy and intellectual depth, it resembles the art of documentary filmmaking. Like letters, documentary films move between closeness and abstraction.
Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari draws on this similarity: Together with her partner, London based sculptor Douglas White, she has created a fascinating essay film in form of a correspondence. The letters document their artistic process and provide a strong narrative that accompanies their cinematic collage of personal pictures, images of White’s work, and archival material from Iran. Disturbing sequences about Akbari’s struggle with cancer and a high-risk pregnancy enter into a dialog with White’s creatural sculptures to create a fascinating contemplation about the links between body, object and memory, destruction and reconstruction, violence and hope. Akbari’s and White’s deeply poetic correspondence shows that life needs art as much as art needs life.
A Moon for My Father @doclisboaiff 17-25 October 2019
I have recently visited Marlene Dumas’s Exhibition, which is currently on display at Tate Modern. By mixing two portraits on a paper and creating a hole instead of eyes and the mouth of those faces, she ended up creating a new mysterious portrait.This collection reminded me how it’s possible that two people from two different cultures and languages could possibly create a new, mysterious and thought provoking face.Today the discussion of cultural encounters between the artists and creation of a new art work is an unavoidable subject. And, how the affiliation and encounter of two different human beings from two different cultural background, two different languages, two different set of memories, two history and geographical setting, can reach to a common language called art. How it could create or produce beauty and art from pain, suffering and aggression. How one’s mental structure that holds all the childhood memories and the geographical borders that gave it depth and perspective could associate with the memories and constructions of another geographical space. In my recent experiences, after immigration I became fascinated and obsessed with this dialoged between two languages of two geographical borders, two architecture and two memory settings, to explore and reveal the mysteries and concepts which are beyond geographical borders of countries and languages. And that is the language of form and concept, which creates art. I first had this experience with Mark Cousins, Irish documentaries and filmmaker and then continued to have this experience with Douglas White. In Douglas’s work, the most fascinating thing for me was that how an object potentially could relink the deepest lost or forgotten stories of one’s mind and find the traces of pain. And then you tend to care for those pains with tenderness and transform them to beauty and give it a meaning that is beyond human’s pain and suffering… the meaning of life…Then you tend to create beauty and sheerness out of aggression or violence and Life out of death.
Mania Akbari collaborates with British sculptor Douglas White and looks into the connection between her physical traumas, on the one hand, and the history and collective political memory of Iran, her birthplace, on the other. Remembrance and re-construction provide a course, as she undergoes various surgeries on a body decimated by cancer. A conversation of how bodies are traumatised, censored and politicized, and yet ultimately remain a site of possibility.
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,