Related through photographs, archive footage, letters and voices, Radiograph of a Family is the story of director Firouzeh Khosrovani’s upbringing in Tehran. Firouzeh was born in Switzerland, where her liberal, secular arts-loving father was studying radiology. When her mother, who hailed from a religious background, moved there to join him, she felt challenged by European culture. Soon the family moved back to Iran, only for their world to be turned upside down by the Islamic Revolution. Firouzeh’s mother became a religious activist and school principal, and underwent military training. Her father, meanwhile, sat quietly in his favorite chair, listening to Bach—his days of card playing and red wine over. Family prayer mats were placed side by side in the living room and photographs of women without hijab were ripped apart. Firouzeh’s mother censored the past, while her father dreamt of a different future. Painfully torn between her parents, the director grew up to carry both in her heart—the product of Iran ́s struggle between tradition and modernisation.
This film is available for the extension of the festival, until Sunday 14 November.
This film is available for audiences in India only.
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