Directed by Pourya Azarbayjani (Iran, 2018, 97 min.). Digital. Persian with English subtitles.
With Feast of Sorrow, this year’s ILEX award recipient Pourya Azarbayjani (Unfinished Stories) weaves together four intersecting stories. From a young man who fakes his death in a scheme to raise money, to a woman pretending to be someone she is not, to a middle-aged husband enraged by his wife’s Instagram posts, to a young couple expecting a child who are befriended by their Chinese neighbors, these tales illustrate how the internet and social media have transformed Iranian society.
Synopsis courtesy of the Freer|Sackler at the Smithsonian Institution.
Followed by a discussion with director and ILEX award winner Pourya Azarbayjani.
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