A programme of short films from Iran that examine how we treat other people and the juxtaposition of contemporary living against a specific heritage of culture and traditions.
Since our first year we at unDependence have been trying to support filmmaking colleagues in Iran. The political climate has led to sanctions that prevent many short film makers from paying for submission fees to abroad festivals. We don't even know how many stories we are missing. This year we have assigned a whole programme to films from Iran. Accompany Mr Ahmadi on his bus trip, become witness to a young teacher's attempt to safe a little girl from her violent father, watch psychological war between a babysitter and her warden, watch minimal theatre unfold in a bus station and cheer for your favourite Volleyball team together with these amazing protagonists.
MR AHMADI AND A SIMPLE JOURNEY - dir. Sarah Saghari (13:00)
After the sudden death of one of the passengers, a simple bus trip finds a new meaning...
PARVAZ MAHIHA (FLYING FISH) - dir. Mohammad Towrivarian (14:38)
The new teacher in a village grows concerned over the wellbeing of the only female student in his class.
LIKE A GOOD KID - dir. Arian Vazirdaftari (20:00)
Sara babysits Matin for the day, while his mother is at work. A series of events lead to a game of psychological warfare between the two.
EESTGAH (STATION) - dir. Marzieh Wafamer (14:43)
A tired worker waits, with others, for the late bus of the night.
ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL? - dir. Mohammad Bakhshi (15:00)
A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can't keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday until a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.
(Advisory age rating of 15+)
Online - £5.50 (a booking fee of 50p is included in the ticket price. Half of this fee will be donated to Social Bite.)
On the door - £7.00