The White Meadows
(2009, dir. Mohammad Rasoulof, 92 mins., NR)
If anything, the film is worth seeing if only to witness the filmmaker’s impressive display of courage: both the film's director Mohammad Rasoulof, and collaborator film editor and director Jafar Panahi, were arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison in December 2010 for their work. But the film itself, incredibly rich in allegory to dodge censors looking for blatant critique of Iran’s political situation, is also filled with beautiful and fascinating imagery. The dreamlike film chronicles the journey of Rahmat, who sets out on his boat to collect the tears of the grief-stricken. Although Rasoulof employs indigenous folklore to frame his social commentary, the film succeeds in tapping into viewers’ familiarity with the universal and multifaceted nature of humankind’s frailty and irrationality.
The White Meadows is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Film Collection.
This film is part of the series New Cinema from the Middle East, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Beauty & Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture; made possible by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Other films in the series include: The Noise of Cairo (November 3), and Koran by Heart (November 17).