New Asian Currents [IRAN]

The Ballad of Life

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- IRAN / 2002 / Persian / Color / Video / 14 min

Director, Script, Editing: Panah Barkhouda Rezaei
Photography: Asghar Azari
Sound: Behrouz Shahamat
Production Company, Source, World Sales: Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS)
Gandhi Ave, 19th St. No. 20, Tehran IRAN
Phone: 98-21-8773114 Fax: 98-21-8795675
E-mail: naderi@iycs-ir.com URL: www.shortfilm-ir.com

People work in the cotton fields in the early morning mist. The sound of wind, the warbling of birds. A woman sings alone. “The desert is shrouded in fog, and life is silent, I want to get to Kandahar.” Hands move endlessly picking cotton. Sunset colors the sky bright red. “I’m so alone. The Taliban is making war.” Small children and old people keep house in silence. A melancholy longing to return to Afghanistan and memories of air raids are etched into the minds of children.

[Director’s Statement] In my opinion, making short films is a new experience which is very valuable for filmmakers. The subjects of my films are based on mankind, not any tribe or nationality. This is because for me the lives of people are very important. I love making short films.

- Panah Barkhouda Rezaei

Born in 1977 in Iran. Received bachelor’s degree in cinema directing. Has directed short films in various formats.

• New Asian Currents | Sand and Water | Wellspring | Three-Five People | Homesick | The Circle’s Corner | The Maze of Lanes | Nee Engey—Where Are You | NEW (IMPROVED) DELHI—Director’s Cut | A Night of Prophecy | 150 Seconds Ago | The Ballad of Life | Noah’s Ark | The Old Man of Hara | Dandelion | Hibakusha—At the End of the World | 3rd Vol.2—2 Light House | And Thereafter | Dust Buries Sabuk | Family Project: House of a Father | Edit | Gina Kim’s Video Diary | Ordo | Her and Him Van Leo | The Big Durian | Perpetual Motion | Debris | Hard Good Life | Nail | The Rhythm in Wulu Village | A Short Journey • Jurors | Kim Dong-won | Kawase Naomi • New Asian Currents Special | Part 1 | Part 2