One Image, Two Acts

  • 44'
  • Canada
  • 2020

Thick pipes cut across the rocky desert in photos from British Petroleum’s archive. In parallel to the infrastructure for oil production in southern Iran, the company also created an extensive image archive. Film and photographs not only recorded industrial development, but also the workers and society. Oil and progress are inextricably intertwined in these images. Later on, a network of cinemas was created, providing modern entertainment to the population.

Sanaz Sohrabi edits, superimposes and comments on these historic images, relating a different history, one which shows the effects monopolisation and natural resource extraction had on the internal political situation. It also shows how, ultimately, the system created to produce and disseminate these images was ultimately reclaimed by the developing anti-colonial film movement: the Iranian New Wave.

Director
Sanaz Sohrabi
Countries of production
Canada, Germany, USA, Iran
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
44'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Yek tasveer, do bardasht
Languages
Farsi, English
Producer
Sanaz Sohrabi
Sales
Sanaz Sohrabi
Screenplay
Sanaz Sohrabi
Cinematography
Sanaz Sohrabi
Editor
Sanaz Sohrabi
Production Design
Sanaz Sohrabi
Sound Design
Chris Leon
Music
Jeremy Leon
Website
http://sanaz-sohrabi.com/