The film illustrates a family’s story. The relationship between a mother who is a devout, traditional Muslim, father, a secular progressive man, and their daughter. “I am the product of Iran’s endless struggle between traditionalism and modernization,” says the director.
Radiograph of a Family is a creative personal documentary. It talks about the director’s personal story, but it also speaks to wider topics such as politics and history. Also interesting is how the film was crafted. The film contains photos and videos from family archives, elements of video art, and installation art. The narrator’s mother, who grew up in a very conservative Iranian family, married her father who grew up in a very progressive family. As he was studying radiology in Swiss, the couple started living together in Swiss. However, serious conflicts emerge as the couple return to Iran to give birth to a daughter, the filmmaker. Shortly after her birth, the Revolution happens, which turns her mother into a pro-revolution activist, completely changing the couple’s relationship. Radiograph of a Family tells a story about a family in the context of history. The alterations in the décor and furnishings in the sets represent changes in their family life, stimulating a unique tactile sensation. It won the Best Feature-Length Documentary Award at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2020. (MOON Seok)
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