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 [Irani Bag – 8'   Iran/Singapore/UK 2021]

Awarded Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award - 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival

Included in The Best Video Essays of 2020 & 2021 by Sight&Sound magazine – BFI. 

"Collating scenes of mediated intimacy in Iranian cinema, Maryam Tafakory's 'Irani Bag' is a quietly moving instruction on 'how to touch without touching'[Essay Film Festival London]

A video essay that deconstructs a cinematographic motif in order to propose a powerful textual and political analysis of censorship and intimacy in post-revolution Iran. Irani Bag not only exposes a codified vocabulary, it also invites the spectator to reconsider the relationship to (and between) sight and touch.” [London Short Film Festival – Awarded the runner-up Best UK Short Film]

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Using excerpts of films produced between 1990 and 2018, Irani Bag is a split-screen video essay questioning the innocence of bags in post-revolution Iranian cinema.  

Irani Bag is part of Monographs, a series of essays on Asian cinema commissioned by the Asian Film Archive (AFA).

Premier Singapore  31. SGIFF

Awarded Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award - 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival

Awarded the 2nd Prize for Best UK Short Film at 19th London Short Film Festival

Special Mention at IFF Message to Man

VIS Vienna Short Film Festival, Vienna

60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan

Dharamshala International Film Festival

Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck London

Festival Internacional de Curtas de Belo Horizonte

28th Chicago Underground Film Festival 

Project Arts Centre, Dublin


Maryam Tafakory Film Irani Bag
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