Irani Bag [7' Iran, Singapore, UK 2020] is a split-screen video essay questioning the innocence of bags in Iranian cinema. Using excerpts of films produced between 1990 and 2018, the video explores the large codified vocabulary of objects employed as surrogates and agents to communicate the unmentionable and to touch the untouchable. In particular the video focuses on what I call ‘the handbag technique’ in post-revolutionary Iranian films.
Included in The Best Video Essays of 2020 by Sight&Sound magazine.
Irani Bag is part of Monographs, a series of essays on Asian cinema commissioned by the Asian Film Archive (AFA).