28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Anita, Lost in the News
director: Behzad Nalbandi
original title: Anita, Gomshodeh dar Akhbar
running time: 15 min.
synopsisThis animated documentary, created using puppets made from newspaper clippings, is about a Kurdish-Iranian family of four who died in the sinking of a migrant boat in the English Channel in 2020. At the time of the tragedy, there were ten more people on board than the vessel could hold. One of the victims was nine-year-old Anita, from whose perspective we follow the story. But did strict laws restricting safe border crossings change her fate? And how many more victims will they claim?
“A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.” — Milan Kundera
biographyIranian visual artist and documentary filmmaker Behzad Nalbandi (1972) studied film at the Tehran Film School. He is the author of Kashkoul (2010), The Morning of the 9th Day (2012) and the award-winning feature debut The Unseen (2019), which tells the story of people in correctional institutions. His work often uses animated elements that can better convey the harsh reality of the social issues he addresses.
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