Azar Saiyar’s Monument of Distance (2018) is included in the programme of the 19th Festival Silhouette, held in Paris from August 22–29. Last year, Monument of Distance won the Prix du Jury Hybride at the same festival. The film will be screened on Sunday, August 23, at 20:00.
In Monument of Distance, Googoosh, a popular and loved iranian-azerbaijani singer, performs a version of the song Ayrılıq – Separation. The performance is from 1970s television show and it has been copied several times from one videotape to another. Ayrılıq could be a love song but it is told that composer Ali Salimi (who had migrated from Soviet Azerbaijan to Iran and left behind his home and loved ones) wanted to make music about his sense of longing.
Azar Saiyar is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist. She often uses archive materials and plays with images and words of collective memory to look towards ways of looking, remembering and storytelling. Her films have been screened at international film and media art festivals, galleries, exhibitions, museums and broadcast on television.
Festival Silhouette, August 22–29 2020, Paris
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