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Human Rights in Cinema Competition
- Director: Behzad Nalbandi
- Iran / 2019 / H264 / Colour / 61’ / Persian; Turkish s.t.
- Screenplay: Behzad Nalbandi
- Director of Photography: Behzad Nalbandi
- Editing: Behzad Nalbandi
- Original Music: Ata Ebtekar
- Cast: Canlandırma Animation: Behzad Nalbandi
- Producer: Behzad Nalbandi
- World Sales: Iranian Independents
Stop-motion animation can prove a tremendous tool for narration in the hands of documentary-makers. This unique documentary from Iran draws its power from its form as much as its topic. Behzad Nalbandi examines the “sweeping streets” operation undertaken by the state in Tehran. In order to present foreign visitors with an elite, hassle-free capital, the homeless, drug addicts, and sex workers are dragged out, some are even brought to centres reminiscent of concentration camps. Although men are released a few days later, some women are kept for a lifetime in these centres. Through a representation of the oppression and of the women’s lives affected by the city’s gentrification process, Nalbandi gives the floor to the city’s “invisibles” by means of a unique stop-motion method.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.