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Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

3 - 24 APRIL 2019

Poetry in Motion, designed by Homa Delvaray

Bagri Foundation has commissioned this exciting new film season, delivered in partnership with the Barbican with added support from our partners Hakawati. Poetry in Motion reflects on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, manifests itself in cinema.

Poetry is an anchor of everyday life in Iran. The morality tales of Sufi poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi find their ways into Iranian lives – from the playground to the marital home, and buskers sell lines of poetry on the streets of Tehran.

This film season showcases emerging voices in contemporary Iranian cinema through the prism of Persian poetry, rather than through its modern-day politics and often stereotyped representation. Reflecting Iranian culture’s rich, diverse traditions and love of storytelling, we present the work of bold, emerging contemporary filmmakers whose inventive stories will charm, surprise and enchant – a mix of everyday, universal themes, and the retelling of traditional narratives in new voices.

Award winning film producer/curator Elhum Shakerifar and film curator Faye Harvey have curated the programme in partnership with the Barbican.


A Dragon Arrives! + Q&A with Director Mani Haghighi (Sold-out)
* UK Premiere * 
Mani Haghighi 2016, 107 mins
Wed 3 Apr, 18.10, Cinema 2

Atomic Heart + Q&A with Dr Orkideh Behrouzan 
Dir Ali Ahmadzadeh, 2014, 93 mins
Sun 7 Apr, 16.15, Cinema 2

Braving the Waves + Live Poetry 
Dir Mina Keshavarz, 2016, 90 mins
Tue 9 Apr, 18.30, Cinema 2

Tehran: City of Love + Q&A with director Ali Jaberansari (Sold-out)
Dir Ali Jaberansari, 2018, 102 mins
Sat 13 Apr, 18.00, Cinema 2

Hendi & Hormoz + Q&A with Hana Louise Shahnawaz
* UK Premiere *
Dir Abbas Amini, 2018, 88 mins
Sun 14 Apr, 16.00, Cinema 2

Janbal + Q&A with filmmakers via Skype
* UK Premiere *

Dir Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam, 2017, 72 mins
Wed 17 Apr, 18.30, Cinema 2

Ava  + Introduction + Live Poetry
Dir Sadaf Foroughi, 2017, 103 mins
Wed 24 April, 18.15, Cinema 2

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