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
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.
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).
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.”
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….
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.
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
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.]