HITCH: NEW SCREENINGS

Hitch, An Iranian Story – A documentary film by Chowra Makaremi

France | 2019 | 76 min | vostf |
Festival Jean Rouch 2019 : Prix du premier film | First Film Prize / Sélection Images en Bibliothèques

« Ma mère, une opposante à la République islamique d’Iran, est arrêtée en 1981 ;  j’ai sept mois. Emprisonnée, torturée, elle disparait durant l’exécution massive de milliers d’opposants au cours de l’été 1988. En découvrant progressivement ce passé, qui reste tabou en Iran, je me pose la question : comment l’absence des corps emprisonne-t-elle nos mémoires, là où le politique griffe au plus intime ? Là où seul l’intime reste en témoignage d’une politique ? » Chowra Makaremi

« My mother was arrested in 1981, a dissident of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I was 8 months old. She was imprisoned and tortured. Seven years later she disappeared during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners that claimed thousands. In Iran, this remains taboo. Examining this history of violence and denial, I wonder: how does an absence of physical bodies restrain our memories in cases when politics touch upon the most intimate aspects of human life? And when personal experience is the only thing that can bear witness to politics? » Chowra Makaremi

NEXT SCREENINGS

HITCH AWARDED « FIRST FILM PRIZE » AT JEAN ROUCH FILM FESTIVAL

Twenty-three films were selected for the 2019 international competition of the Jean Rouch Documentary film festival. All films develop a thorough investigation into social and cultural practices.
Eight prizes were awarded by three different juries, the International Jury, the Inalco Jury and the Fleury-Merogis inmates on 23 November 2019.

https://www.cnc.fr/cinema/actualites/sept-films-recompenses-lors-du-festival-international-jean-rouch_1089734

Chowra Makaremi received the « First Film Prize » for Hitch, an Iranian Story. The film tells her personal story which is intrinsically intertwined with Iranian post-revolution history.

Here is an interview (in French) with Chowra Makaremi about the film :

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/les-ecrans-documentaires/blog/081119/hitch-une-histoire-iranienne-entretien-avec-chowra-makaremi

JEAN ROUCH DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

The Jean Rouch Documentary Festival is taking place from 15/11/2019 until 12/12/2019 in Paris.

Chowra Makaremi’s film, Hitch, is part of the official selection of the Festival. Fingers crossed!

This year, the « Regards Comparés » selection which is lasting from 25/11 until 28/11 is dedicated to Iran. Films will be screened at INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins 75013 Paris. You can download the programme here.

Chowra Makaremi will also take part in a round-table organised by CNRS and CNC on 29/11 from 18:00 to 20:00 at CNC, 291 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris. The theme is « Documentary cinema and female researchers in human sciences » (Cinéma documentaire et chercheuses en sciences humaines et sociales). With anthropologists from CNRS : Emma Aubin-Boltanski, Caroline Bodolec, Barbara Glowczewski and Chowra Makaremi. The discussion will be moderated by Isabelle Motrot (journalist).

More infos: https://80ans.cnrs.fr/evenement/le-festival-international-jean-rouch/

ENGHELAB STREET / 2019 PHOTOBOOK AWARDS

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 edition of the PhotoBook Awards on 8 November 2019. Enghelab Street, A Revolution through Books: Iran 1979–1983 received the 2019 Photography Catalogue of the Year award for “A Revolution through Books: Iran 1979–1983”, published by Spector Books and LE BAL.

Irene Attinger from the MEP in Paris described the book as “an important addition to the narrative of the photobook with its focus on underground protest and propaganda books in Iran. It’s a critical work by a female artist and a scholar; it brings together specialized research and an artist perspective with a very strong design.”

Hannah Darabi, Enghelab Street, A Revolution through Books: Iran 1979–1983 from Aperture Foundation on Vimeo.

PREMIERE OF “HITCH” IN PARIS

Chowra Makaremi’s documentary film, Hitch, will be screened at two festivals in November: on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm in Arcueil (at Les Écrans documentaires) and on Monday, November 18 at 5:30 pm in Paris (at the Jean Rouch Festival at the Musée de l’homme).
It will be the premiere of the film in Paris.
There will be further projections in early 2020….

Festival Les Ecrans Documentaires
Jeudi 14 novembre à 19h30
23 rue Emile Raspail, 94110 Arcueil
https://www.facebook.com/events/510429446423434/

Festival Jean Rouch
Lundi 18 novembre à 17h30
Musée de l’Homme
17 place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris – Auditorium Jean Rouch
http://www.comitedufilmethnographique.com/film/hitch-une-histoire-iranienne/

HITCH

A documentary film by Chowra Makaremi
76 min / documentary / 2019
Produced by Alter Ego

My mother was arrested in 1981, a dissident to the Islamic Republic of Iran. I was 7 months old. She was imprisoned and tortured. Seven years later she disappeared, during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners that claimed thousands. In Iran, this remains taboo. Examining this history of violence and denial, I wonder: how does an absence of physical bodies restrain our memories, in cases when politics touches upon the most intimate aspects of human life? And when personal experience is the only thing to bear witness to politics.

ARCHIVING, SECRECY AND OFF-SITE RESEARCH – WORKSHOP IN PARIS

The second workshop of the ERC project Off-Site was hold on 9-10 September 2019.
It dealt with the questions of “Archiving, Secrecy and Off-Site Research”.

The invited participants were Cécile Boex, Leyla Dakhli, Omar Dewachi, Carolina Kobelinsky, Shourideh Molavi, William Walters

You can download the abstract here.

The workshop is not open to the public.

RUE ENGHELAB – PRIX DU LIVRE HISTORIQUE – ARLES 2019

Lors de la 50ème édition des Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, le livre Rue Enghelab – la Révolution par les Livres : Iran 1979-1983 a reçu le Prix du Livre Historique 2019.

Créé pour soutenir le développement de l’édition photographique et contribuer à sa plus large diffusion, les prix du Livre des Rencontres d’Arles récompensent trois catégories d’ouvrages : livre d’auteur, le prix du livre historique et le prix photo-texte.

https://www.rencontres-arles.com/fr/expositions/view/803/les-prix-du-livre-2019

BBC Persian : به عبارت دیگر: شورا مکارمی

The anthropologist Chowra Makaremi was interviewed on BBC Persian about the book she published from the notes written by her grand-father when her mother was detained during the first years of the Khomeini regime : Aziz’s Notebook. At the Hearth of the Iranian Revolution, trad. Renuka Georges, Delhi, Yoda Press

IRAN : QUESTIONNER L’HISTOIRE EN INTERPRÉTANT LES IMAGES

Article publié sur le journal en ligne Orient XXI

https://orientxxi.info/lu-vu-entendu/iran-questionner-l-histoire-en-interpretant-les-images,2927

Extrait :
[Entretien avec Hannah Darabi et Bahar Majdzadeh, photographes · Deux photographes iraniennes travaillent aux confins de l’art, de la politique et de la documentation historique. Leur travail et leur recherche d’images interrogent notamment la période post-révolutionnaire en Iran, à la recherche d’une histoire non dite et dont la représentation est le plus souvent censurée.]

ENGHELAB STREET, A REVOLUTION THROUGH BOOKS: IRAN 1979-1983

 

Co-published by Spector and LE BAL on the occasion of the exhibition Hannah Darabi – Enghelab Street, A Revolution through Books: Iran 1979–1983, the publication presents a variety of photographic and propaganda books published between 1979 and 1983—short time period when freedom of speech prevailed at the end of the Shah’s regime – all collected by Iranian artist Hannah Darabi, along with a critical apparatus by Chowra Makaremi, anthropologist and researcher at CNRS.

Get the book here

 

MONDE COMMUN : DES ANTHROPOLOGUES DANS LA CITE – PUF

VIOLENCE PARTOUT, JUSTICE NULLE PART !

The first issue of Monde Commun is the manifesto of a group of anthropologists, gathered around Michel Agier, who intend to turn anthropology into a public matter and carry even the most exploding topics. By choosing to start with the theme of violence, this issue states the attachment of this group of academics to a discipline committed and rooted in the present moment: violence is everywhere, always, but how tolerable is it? Is some violence more tolerable than others and should the worst horrors hide the daily violence? When does the researcher have a duty to become a whistleblower?

The following three volumes will be:

Fake News, on misinformation and policies of lies;

Petit Citadin, mauvais citoyen, on the extent of extreme voting in small and medium towns;

Multitude migrante, to explain that each people comes from migrations.

Get the book here

 

RUE ENGHELAB, LA RÉVOLUTION PAR LES LIVRES, IRAN 1979-1983 /// FOMU – ANVERS

01.03.2019 – 09.06.2019 – FOMU foto museum

À l’occasion du 40e anniversaire de la révolution iranienne, FOMU présente le projet de l’artiste Hannah Darabi (IR, 1981) autour de sa collection de livres photographiques et politiques. Publiés en Iran entre 1979 et 1983, courte période de relative liberté d’expression correspondant à la fin du régime du Shah et aux débuts du gouvernement islamique, ces livres témoignent d’une ébullition politique intense et du vent nouveau soufflant sur la photographie iranienne. Cette période, fondamentale pour comprendre l’histoire de ce pays au 21e siècle, est décryptée par Chowra Makaremi (FR/IR, 1980), anthropologue et chercheuse. Afin de proposer une autre lecture de cette collection, Hannah Darabi, dans un travail personnel intitulé Reconstructions, fait dialoguer ces livres avec des photographies contemporaines de sa ville natale, Téhéran, et des images vernaculaires (photos de famille, images des médias ou cartes postales).

Rue Enghelab est une collaboration entre l’artiste et LE BAL, Paris, où l’exposition a eu lieu en janvier 2019. L’exposition est accompagnée d’un livre co-édité par LE BAL et Spector Books conçu par Hannah Darabi avec la contribution de Chowra Makaremi.

METHODOLOGIE DES MIGRATIONS : APPROCHE « OFF-SITE »

Dans le cadre du séminaire “Genre, génération, ethnicité : lectures croisées sur les migrations”, Chowra Makaremi interviendra le 1er avril sur la thématique Méthodologie des migrations : approche « off-site ».

Le séminaire s’intéresse au thème des migrations à une échelle locale, nationale et globale en donnant une attention particulière aux combinaisons variées entre les dimensions du genre, de la génération et de l’ethnicité.

Lundi 1er avril 2019 de 15h à 17h – 105 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris, salle 7