Parviz Kimiavi: The Mongols

Parviz Kimiavi The Mongols / Moqolhâ, Iran 1973, black and white / colour, 85 min

Art Screening previously on at Tate Modern in City of London, United Kingdom.
From Friday 19 June 2015 to Friday 19 June 2015

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Published by anonymous on Tuesday 09 June 2015.
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An outstanding ‘collage’ of past, present and future Kimiavi’s iconoclastic masterpiece The Mongols is a reflection on modernity and cultural imperialism in 1970s Iran. The self-reflective film creates a critical reflection on the expanding presence of TV screens and antennas in Iran’s poor villages with a re-enactment of the Mongols 13th century invasion. A filmmaker played by Kimiavi himself is caught between these movements in the desert trapped between dream and reality, script and images, as if the whole history of cinema was reduced to an artificial paradise. One of the most formally inventive films of pre-revolutionary Iran, its innovation and self-reflection led the French critic Henri Chapier to label Kimiavi ‘Le Godard Iranian.’