Docunight #59 [UC Irvine]: Janbal

Docunight #59 [UC Irvine]: Janbal
Jordan Center for Persian Studies
https://www.humanities.uci.edu/persianstudies//

Janbal Directed by: Mina Bozorgmehr & Hadi Kamali Moghadam 2017 / 65 mins Persian with English Subtitles UCI Irvine's Docunight screenings are presented by UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture with generous support from Saman Foundation. Free and Open to the public. RSVP is required. A discussion and Q&A will follow the screening. A wine and hors d'oeuvre reception will follow afterwards. Synopsis: Inspired by an ancient Hormoz Island myth in which people sacrifice clothes of the deceased to the sea so that the goddess Sea-Mother will cleanse their souls, Janbal takes stories told by the island’s dwellers as its starting point, and playfully finds its form from there. Musa is enchanted by the sounds of the sea. He collects clothes from its shore to create pictorial visions of the Sea-Daughter; he plays the jahleh (clay pot) to keep alive the sound of her voice; he writes stories. Directed by celebrated video and performance duo Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Janbal takes cinematic storytelling to realms rarely explored, blurring the real and the imaginative in a richly textured and poetic form that is inventive, rhythmic, and visually out-of-this-world.