Accepted paper:

Super human forces in Iranian documentary cinema

Authors:

Alireza Ghasemkhan (University of Art)

Paper short abstract:

Research procedure here is analytical and by using visual sources, and interviews with documentary filmmakers and film experts. And it is going to reach to a concise recognition of visualizing super human concepts in Iranian documentary cinema.

Paper long abstract:

During its more than one hundred year history; Iranian Documentary Cinema has worked over various anthropologic subjects. As many tribes live in Iran each having their own believes, ideas and customs; these believes are considered in many Iranian anthropologic documentary films. One of these customs is belief in ghosts, fairies and elves and any other super human forces, in general, which has either benevolent and spiritual intensions or devil ones. These believes is very strong in the lives of Iranians especially those who live in rural areas. Filmmakers in Iranian documentary cinema have chosen many different narrations to talk about these believes including different symbols and signs enabling them to introduce these forces with an ethnographic view, like mountain, sea and desert or poem, music, work and animal signs. As these forces are amalgamated with the men lives; those filmmakers who have worked somehow in anthropologic field also would experience this field too. This essay is an effort to assess narration procedure of these super human forces in Iranian documentary cinema. Methodology: Research procedure here is analytical and by using visual sources, and interviews with documentary filmmakers and film experts. And it is going to reach to a concise recognition of visualizing super human concepts in Iranian documentary cinema. This research questions usage of cinematographic and directorial narrations, and also ethnographic view.

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