Art and Experience: Three Iranian films will go on screen at the 40th Portland International Film Festival, which will be held in the U.S. city from February 9 to 25.
“Life+1 Day” by Saeid Rustai and “Parting”, a joint production of Iran and Afghanistan by Navid Mahmudi will go on screen in the New Directors section, in which new and emerging filmmakers represent the new generation of master storytellers.
In addition, “Starless Dreams”, a documentary by Mehrdad Oskui will be screened in the Documentary Views category of the festival.
“Life+1 Day” is about a young girl, Somayeh, from a poor family who is contemplating whether she should leave her family to marry a rich Afghan or to stay with them and continue her attempts to mend her broken family. Her older brother, who is a recovering addict, urges her to leave, while her younger brother, who is still a user, asks her to stay and not to give up on her family.
“Parting” is about teenage lovers Nabi and Fereshteh who are separated by her family’s flight from Afghanistan. After years apart, Nabi decides to find Fereshteh and risk the hardship of flight and resettlement in Europe with a hope of a better life.
The documentary, “Starless Dreams”, which has been awarded at many international events, shows the lives of seven young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a rehabilitation and detention center on the outskirts of Tehran.