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10+4 (2007), 77 min dir. Mania Akbari

10+4 (2007), 77 min dir. Mania Akbari

One.Two.One (2011), 79 min dir. Mania Akbari

One.Two.One (2011), 79 min dir. Mania Akbari

20 Fingers (2004), 74 min dir. Mania Akbari

20 Fingers (2004), 74 min dir. Mania Akbari

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Mania Akbari

Film Series

06 Jan 2018 - 03 Mar 2018

Mania Akbari, one of the most remarkable Iranian female directors, shows her latest works in a series of screenings at Nottingham Contemporary. 
 
All films except Enraciné (English) are in Farsi with English subtitles.
 
 
Sat 6 Jan
20 Fingers (2004), 74 min
dir. Mania Akbari
 
Mania Akbari’s first feature 20 Fingers (2004), the winner of the Best Feature Film award at the Venice Film Festival in the Digital Cinema section, stars Bijan Daneshmand and Akbari herself (here writing, directing and acting). Divided into several episodes, the film explores relationships within the confines and conflicts that arise from Middle Eastern traditions and social conventions. The film follows a man and a woman as they engage in conversations about power relations within relationships.
 
 
 
Sat 27 Jan
10+4 (2007), 77 min
dir. Mania Akbari
 
Mania Akbari’s second feature 10+4 (director, lead) depicts the director’s fight against breast cancer. A process that ends with a double mastectomy when she is thirty. The film follows Akbari through surgery; loss of hair following chemotherapy and remove of the compulsory headscarf. Treading an elegant line between documentary and fiction, Akbari takes a daring look at complex social situations that arise in the face of mortality emerging with a new zest for life.
 
 
 
Sat 10 Feb 
One.Two.One (2011), 79 min
dir. Mania Akbari
 
Ava is a young, attractive Iranian woman whose face has been disfigured as the result of an accident. Part of her healing process is as much about accepting herself anew, as it is about coming to terms with the prejudices and stigmatisation that her defacement provokes in society. Structured as a series of sketches, Ava’s healing is depicted as both physical (a visit to a beauty clinic) and psychological (visits to a psychiatrist and a fortune teller).
 
 
 
Sat 3 Mar
Enraciné (2017), 38 min
dir. Mania Akbari and Douglas White
 
Enraciné explores the stuttering beginning of the relationship between Mania Akbari and artist Douglas White. The filmmaker follows White into the French forest where he is realising a sculptural project. The film takes its title after the sculpture. We find the artist digging through the earth to expose an intricate network of tree roots laying just beneath the forest grounds. This physical intervention into the landscape serves as the metaphorical framework for a conversation which weaves its way through their lives, exploring how personal and political histories can bring us together or hold us apart. 
 
This short screening will be followed by a conversation with Mania Akbari and Douglas White, moderated by Azadeh Fatehrad.
 
 
 
3-4.30pm
The Space
Free. Booking required.
 

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