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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



I am Trying to Remember

Pegah AHANGARANI

  • Czech Republic, Iran
  • 2021
  • 16min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

I asked: "Why have they erased you?" He said: "Maybe they are scared." I said: "Whoever is scared, should erase themselves." He said: "In that case, the faces of the living would all be gone and only the dead would remain."

Review

The director remembers. A man named 'Gholam', who carried a camera to film his family, who always smelled of cigarettes, who looked good in his US army jacket, who took to the streets during the Iranian Revolution of 1978, and whom he is not able to meet again. The photos that the director brings out are damaged, and there is a calm sadness in the voice that remembers Golam. I am Trying to Remember, which deals with the director's private memories and the public memories of Iranian society, is primarily of accusatorial nature. The film bravely denounces the atrocities of the Iranian government that executed political prisoners. On the one hand, it contemplates the nature of memory. The film shows that a memory naturally accepted in this era of optical recording media is actually the one interfered with and disturbed by various external factors and calmly asks what we should do to correctly remember the past.

Director

  • Pegah AHANGARANI

    Iranian actress, film director and musician. She has directed 7 documentaries and acted in more than 40 feature films. Her movies (where she starred or directed) have been shown in many festivals, including Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival. ​ 

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