The White Meadows
Part of the series
A Tribute to Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi
Dir. Mohammad Rasoulof. 2009.
Iran. 93 min. 35mm.
In Persian with English subtitles.
In this dreamlike film, a boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters around a coastal land, collecting the stories of heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. As he witnesses misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or penalizing a painter who sees in different colors, the boatman remains powerless. The deeply poetic film is an allegory of intolerance, brutality and superstition. Film edited by Jafar Panahi. Director Rasoulof received a 6-year jail sentence along with Panahi. Both are appealing their sentences. Read more details here.
Film introduced by Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and Shahram Karimi, production designer of The White Meadows.
Golden Seashell Award, San Sebasti??n International Film Festival
'A gorgeously wrought fable''Nick Schager, Slant magazine
'A devastating but oblique critique of theocracy''Henry Stewart, L Magazine
This series is part of Creative Voices of Islam in Asia, a three-year initiative made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.