Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Meymand Village

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

The village of Meymand in Iran’s Kerman province is said to be continuously inhabited for the last 3000 years, with a history of habitation stretching back to prehistory. The village has a unique architecture of natural and man-made caves used by locals for housing. The area around the village is of anthropological significance due to the discovery of carvings made by ancient peoples on the cave walls of depicting local fauna.

The current population is around 150, and consists of a people who have a semi-nomadic lifestyle, spending their winters in the village itself.


Malek Korshid: A classic Iranian tale put to animation

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment


Ali Akbar Sadeghi’s Malek Khorshid (from 1975) is based on one of the tales from the very famous Iranian epic of kings, Shahnameh. “Ali Akbar Sadeghi… is best known for pioneering a style that mixed traditional Persian coffeehouse painting and the surreal.” (from Ubu Web where you can also read the transcript of an interview)

The epic of the Shahnameh is written by the renowned Hakim Abol Qasem Ferdowsi Tusi. You can read the epic, in English, at the Iran Chamber Society.

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The Seasons: Films by Artavazd Ashoti Peleshian

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

From Bidoun Magazine, Art and Culture from the Middle East:

Born in Leninakan, Armenia in 1938, Artavazd Ashoti Peleshian is an influential director of poetic film-essays. His films utilize a cinematic method developed by Peleshian called “distance montage” to capture everyday life in a manner which transcends documentary. Sergei Parajanov has called him “one of the few authentic geniuses in the world of cinema.”

You can view eight of Peleshian’s films at Ubu Web.

Seasons (1975)


Excerpt from Ubu Web:

Seasons (Vremana Goda, 1975) is perhaps the most famous of all Peleshian films and just its opening shot would show why – A man, clutching a sheep in his hand, trapped raging stream, trying to get to the shore along with the animal. Setting the tone of film and, to an extent, to the director’s whole filmography, Seasons‘ first shot effectively underlines the irony that forms the basis of the relationship between humans and nature. Seasons, as the title suggests, deals with the change of seasons.

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Calico textile printing

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Calico involves a process of printing design onto cloth by impressing four or five colours onto it. The initial colour to be applied is black, and all of them are applied using hand-carved wooden molds. Below is a documentary of this process, for which the Iranian city of Isfahan is famous for. The video is in Farsi.