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Irani Bag

Maryam TAFAKORY

  • Iran, UK, Singapore
  • 2020
  • Korean Premiere
  • 8min
  • 12 +
  • color

Video Essay / codified vocabulary / the handbag technique / films

SYNOPSIS

Irani Bag questions the innocence of bags in Iranian cinema. Using excerpts from twenty-four films made between 1990 and 2018, and drawing from a large codified vocabulary, as well as objects employed as surrogates to communicate the unmentionable and to touch the untouchable, this video focuses primarily on what I call "the handbag technique" in post-revolutionary Iranian films.

PROGRAM NOTE

The subject of one's life resides in his or her body, and through that body he or she meets the world and others. After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, Iranian women began to cover their body, which is the “outside” of themselves, in contact with the world. The act of touching the other or the other touching the body of a woman, and the production of images that reproduce them are also strictly controlled. So, how can women interact with the outside world? According to the analysis of this film, the imaginary world of Iranian films solves this problem with “bags.” [SHIN Eun-shil] 

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Director

  • Maryam TAFAKORY

    Maryam Tafakory works with a collage of textual and filmic fragments, interweaving poetry, auto-ethnography, aural archive, and cryptic forms of narrative. She explores plural subjectivities, the self/other binary, as well as depictions of absence/erasure, secrecy, untouchable and unspoken prohibitions.

     

Credit

  • ProducerAsian Fim Archive
  • Screenwriter Maryam TAFAKORY