My Mother’s Home, LagoonKhyaneye Madariyam Mordab
IRAN / 1999 / Persian / Color / Video / 32 min
Director, Script: Mehrdad Hosseini Oskouei
Photography: Bayram Fazli
Editing: Ebrahim Saeedi
Music: Keyvan Jahanshahi
Production, Source: Iranian Young Cinema Society
Each day before dawn, 67-year-old Kobra goes fishing in a small rowing boat tied to her porch. Her house stands on the water’s edge. It is a tough life. She tries to sell her meager catch at the local market to support herself and her old invalid mother, but she must fight with dealers and thieves (of her fish net) in an all-male environment first. The camera follows her home, where she takes loving care of her mother, looked over by photos of her deceased husband and father.
[Directors Statement] The life of Kobra Bani Nia and her 100-year-old mother affected me deeply. The result of this influence is a film that celebrates their lonesome love of life and their modesty. I believe the real mythical figures of our time live on the margins of our society.
Born in 1969 in Tehran. Studied Cinema Directing in the Faculty of Cinema and Theatre at the University of the Arts. Began making films in 1984 as one of the founders of Bandar Anzali Film Society. Has written and directed fifteen short and midlength films, which have received over forty awards at short film festivals in Iran and abroad. Began working as a photographer in 1992, and has exhibited work in group and individual shows in Iran, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Finland, Japan and China. As a photographer, cooperates with international organizations like UNHCR and UNICEF.