The White Meadows
Part of the Asian Reflections summer film series
Dir. Mohammad Rasoulof
Iran, 2009 l 92 min.
In Persian with English subtitles
A boatman navigates the otherworldly salt islands of Iran's Lake Urmia to listen to people's heartaches and take away their tears. As he witnesses misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green,, whether by offering a bride to the sea or penalizing a painter who sees in different colors, the boatman remains powerless. A contemporary Odysseus or Gulliver, his travels reveal a world woven from both dream and nightmare, where the collective conquers the individual. Winner of Best Actor and AsiaAfrica Special Jury Prizes at the Dubai Film Festival, this film is an allegory of intolerance, brutality and superstition, fixating on the act of ritual as both an uplifting and destructive force that governs human behavior.
The White Meadows is co-presented by The Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series.