This film is a modern rendition of a long tradition of so-called “symphonies of a metropolis”. The glassy facades of this city’s skyscrapers reflecting the passing by people of its diverse districts, shown in the reflection of distorted mirrors, symbolically depict the Spirit of a metropolis, as if it lives in its own shadows and reflections.
This distorted reflection of Tehran comes together with modern verses of a poet who was known as the Poet of Tehran after publishing his illustrious cycle of poems about Tehran in the 60s. As a flâneur, the poet himself saunters around this city -through his voice/poem/memory- reflecting upon the reflections of old/modern monuments, sculptures, statues etc. of this giant metropolis.
Hassanlou goblet is an illustrated golden cup from first millennium B.C., depicting the life of a rebellious god who fights against a group of allied gods and loses the battle. Before his death, he gives birth to a child out of the sea or a cliff of a rock.
In Aslani’s poetic documentary, the mythical narrative carved on this historical object has been paralleled with the story of Hallaj, a mystic martyr from the 10th century. Hallaj was crucified after a fatwa issued by Abbasid caliph, having been convicted of heresy, sentenced to be hung from the gallows and to be slain into pieces.
On another level of such narrative identifications, the soundtrack of the film recounts parallel stories from Jesus crucifixion up to the modern world’s tragic events related to the WW II. This is the myth of eternal return of history.
This is the story of two sisters who practice WUSHU: Elahe Mansoorian and Shahrbanoo Mansoorian. They are participating Incheon Asian Games and trying hard in a very difficult situation of competition and worrying to win medals for Iran.
It’s about the process of making the solar car named Gazelle 3 which is made by students of Tehran University. It took part in Australia Solar Car Race. The documentary tells us the happening of this trip to Australia and all about the 3000 km route of this race.