Ariane Lorrain, Shahab Mihandoust | Iran, Canada 2018 | 58 Min. | OmeU

Austrian Premiere

Zagros follows the creation of carpets across the Western mountains of Iran, the land of Bakhtiaris. Wool is the guiding thread that traverses nomadic and sedentary cultures, revealing the worlds of weavers, dyers and shepherds through their labour. Carpets weave the social fabric of their lives, giving it form as well as colour. The work is hard, and is gradually being devalued by the outside world – but their lives are redeemed through the love they feel for their traditions.
Visually impressive and with a poetic narrative style, Zagros develops into an ode to the beauty of this traditional craft.

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Directors: Ariane Lorrain, Shahab Mihandoust
Camera and Sound: Ariane Lorrain, Shahab Mihandoust
Editing: Ariane Lorrain, Shahab Mihandoust
Producers: Ariane Lorrain, Shahab Mihandoust

Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal 2018 (Canada)
IsReal – Festival di Cinema del Reale 2019 (Nuoro, Italy)
Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival 2019 (Toronto, Canada)

Biography Ariane Lorrain
Ariane Lorrain is a documentary filmmaker born from a Quebecer father and an Iranian mother, who grew up in a multicultural trilingual home. Her approach is close to the traditions of visual anthropology and essay film, privileging the senses and poetry to convey reality’s surrealness. Her work deals with issues of land and identity, cultural transmission and collective rituals. Her hybrid background led her to live and create between Montreal and the Middle East. Zagros is her first feature, shot within her mother’s lineage, the Bakhtiari tribe.

Biography Shahab Mihandoust
Shahab Mihandoust was born in Tehran shortly after the 1979 revolution. During the massive wave of baby boomers departing the country in the early 2000s, Shahab left Tehran for Montreal to study. He continued his education in film studies and then began his practice as a filmmaker in 2014. In his works, he employs both fictional and documentary forms to express human conditions and to study how social and cultural behaviours relate to the environment and landscape.

Filmography Shahab Mihandoust
Violette, 2015, 22min, fiction
Misleading Innocence, 2015, 50min, documentaire
A Few Years Old, 2014, 14min, fiction
Platform, 2013, 8min, fiction
Too Far Too Close, 2012, 7min, fiction

Filmography Ariane Lorrain
Les sept dernières paroles (The Word of Forgiveness), 2018, 6min, documentaire musical (Iran)
Entre un jardin et la mer (Between a Garden and the Sea), 2016, 17min, vidéo poème (Palestine)
Un mariage arrangé (An Arranged Marriage), 2013, 12min, essai documentaire (Canada)
Blue Bird, 2012, 6min, 16mm N&B, documentaire (Canada)