International Competition

Our Persian Rug

Massoud Bakhshi
Screening time  
02.03. / Srijeda, 15:00 - 17:00 Dvorana 1  
03.03. / Četvrtak, 18:00 - 20:00 Dvorana 2  
05.03. / Subota, 19:00 - 21:00 Dvorana 1  
A film about Iranian filmmaker Massoud Bakhshi’s perplexing memories of his youth, which he shares with the viewer by way of a calm, eloquent voice-over.

His memories are not all idyllic by a long shot, and his sharp observations often turn the metaphorical knife in the wound. In the centre of his family history is a Persian rug, once woven by his grandmother. His adopted uncle, a man with whom the family has a very difficult relationship, offers this carpet as a present to the filmmaker, only to renounce it sometime later. The incident sets in motion memories of Bakhshi’s father, who was no friend of his uncle. One day, his father left and was never heard from again; two years later, his mother identified his body with 24 bullets in it. Bakhshi suffers from nightmares every night and takes pills to clear his mind. He obsessively browses through photo albums to see which of his family members are lying and which are telling the truth. In whatever case, no one is talking.

Massoud Bakhshi

Massoud Bakhshi is born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran. He earned his high school diploma in photography and cinema (1990) and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering (1995). He later studied filmmaking in Italy (1999) and Cultural Finance in France (2005). He began collaborating with print media in 1991, and became a well-known writer, critic, and translator. From 1990 to 1998 he also worked as a screenwriter and producer. In 1998, Bakhshi began directing short films and documentaries, and since then has made six documentaries, a docu-fiction film, an experimental film, as well as two documentary series for TV.

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Our Persian Rug

Netherlands, Iran
2010, 51', color/bw, video

Directed by:
Massoud Bakhshi

Screenplay by:
Massoud Bakhshi

Massoud Bakhshi

Edited by:
Ali Mohammad Ghasemi

Bella Boender, Amine Delkhoshnavaz, Jos de Putter

Produced by:
VPRO, Bon Gah