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A stunning visual ode to the shifting landscapes of Iran
Mahla along with the other members of Bandar Band, her husband and one of their closest friends, starts her journey to Tehran from a southern province just when they have lost all they had in the flood. They still keep their hopes alive, however every road they take leads to a dead-end in a flood-stricken land. They intend to go to Tehran, but they wonder if it is just another turn around a vicious circle.
Hekmat uses their attempted journey cross-country to observe the landscape, displaced communities and changes happening around them, almost always viewed through the bus windows. You can’t fake a country-wide flood; instead, Bandar Band follows a trio of fictional characters through the streets where real devastation has happened.
Screening with a short film TBC
The extraordinary maternal instincts of the characters in my previous films would help them avoid major catastrophe in times of societal crisis and this has lead me to the young generation. A generation that has learned how to live very well but has often had their hopes and dreams in life met with closed roads and broken bridges.