Fading Portraits


Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 6 Thu, May 2 6:00 PM
Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 6 Fri, May 3 6:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre:World View
Production Country:Iran
Original Language:Farsi
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ali Shilandri


What is the role of art in a repressive society and how can an artist survive? Renowned Iranian photographer Maryam Zandi calls herself a social documentary photographer. She is that and so much more: an uncompromising spirit. “To each her own weapon,” she says. “I have my camera.” Ali Shilandri follows Zandi at a turning point in her work, as she attempts to have her photos of the 1979 Revolution published uncensored. She has waited four decades for this; maybe it will be possible with a new president. Zandi is best known for her five published volumes of portraits of artists the Revolution blacklisted. Imagining so many silenced talents turns her melancholy, and in her poems she queries whether every photograph is a dying moment. Her persistence of vision prompts us, in turn, to ask whether photography captures the world or changes it.—Judy Bloch