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My Father

My Father

Pedaram
Pegah Ahangarani
Iran, Czech Republic
2023
19 min
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Synopsis

When Iranian actress and director Pegah Ahangarani (1984) was growing up, she thought every soldier she saw on television might have been her father. During her earliest years he was fighting at the front, and a portrait of Khomeini hung in a prominent place in the house. But one day the image of the Ayatollah disappeared without explanation and another photo took its place.

In this personal essay, Ahangarani (I Am Trying to Remember) talks about how the Iranian Revolution, and the turbulent times that ensued, affected her and her family. Illustrated with archive footage, news excerpts and family photos, she narrates her personal story, first from the point of view of a girl living in a world of fairy-tale heroes, then gradually shifting to the perspective of an adult who could interpret the complex events.

With poetic tenderness, she explains how much the lives of generations of her family members and friends have been affected by the past 50 years of Iranian history.

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Credits
19 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Persian
Director
    Pegah Ahangarani
    Pegah Ahangarani
Production
    Kaveh Farnam for Europe Media Nest
    Kaveh Farnam for Europe Media Nest
Narrator
    Pegah Ahangarani
    Pegah Ahangarani
Editing
    Arash Ashtiani
    Arash Ashtiani
Sound Design
    Ensieh Maleki
    Ensieh Maleki
Screenplay
    Ehsan Abdipour,
    Pegah Ahangarani
    Ehsan Abdipour,
    Pegah Ahangarani
Screening copy
    Europe Media Nest
    Europe Media Nest

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