”To make a film is like finding yourself in wonderland—you need to believe in magic! I always thought that you must be nuts to become a filmmaker in Iran. Later I realized that no matter where you happen to be you must be crazy. You need passion as companion, and by that I mean extreme dedication.” (Negar Tahsili)
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked."Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad." "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.?"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”?(Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)
Documentary filmmaker Negar Tahsili was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, where she still resides. During her fellowship at the Academy, she is working on a new film script about identity, creativity, and art in exile. This is not the first time that the filmmaker has spent time in the city, having presented the research on her last film, Private P.art—a documentary about body and gender in contemporary Iranian art—in Cologne in March 2013. In the Salon, Tahsili shares ten tips for making independent films in the context of political and social restriction and censorship in Iran. Offering strategies to help her fellow filmic travelers avoid going mad, Tahsili will illustrate her talk with excerpts from Private P.art, speaking to her own experience. A question-and-answer session and discussion on the role of independent filmmaking in Iran and other countries will follow the lecture.
Moderation: Ali Samadi Ahadi
Lecture in English
Date: Tuesday, 11.3.2014,
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Akademie der Künste der Welt, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Köln
Tickets: 3€ /concessions 2€
The Salon of the Academy of the Arts of the World provides occasions for international and local cultural producers to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas. It is open for anybody interested. The Salon traces lines of argument within the following key subjects: the responsibility of art; the future of cultural institutions; encounters between practitioners from different fields of art; and new insights gained by revisiting pre-modern practices. More...