Followed by an artist talk with Mohammadreza Farzad
Mohammadreza Farzad—Into Thin Air
2010, 26 mins
B. 1978, Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Tehran, Iran
The filmmaker’s month and year of birth represent the point of departure for Into Thin Air. The film dissects a very short sequence of archival film footage of the bloody “Black Friday” massacre. On September 8, 1978 a demonstration on Tehran’s Jaleh Square was brutally crushed by the army and marks a decisive moment for the Iranian Revolution. In trying to read the moving images, Mohammadreza Farzad investigates the identity of anonymous protestors, the nature of documentary film material, and his own position in this context.