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

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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.

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.]