Radiograph of a Family

Radiograph of a Family
Iran, Norway, Switzerland
Farsi, French
Firouzeh Khosrovani
Fabien Greenberg
Bård Kjøge Rønning
Majid Barzegar
Firouzeh Khosrovani
Joël Jent
Janne Hjeltnes
Farahnaz Sharifi
Rainer Maria Trinkler
Firouzeh Khosrovani
Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Ensieh Maliki
Hugo Ekornes
Peyman Yazdanian
Production info: 
Antipode Films
Distribution info: 
Taskovski Films Marija Knežević Shajahan
IDFA 2020 Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary & Best Creative Use of Archive
IndieLisboa International Independent FF 2021 Amnesty International Award
MakeDox Creative Documentary FF 2021 Best Film

Firouzeh Khosrovani’s deeply personal and creatively constructed account of her parents’ marriage, told with the help of a rich archive of letters and photographs, also gives insight into the last half a century in Iran’s societal and political history. Her parents spend the early years of their marriage in Switzerland, where her father works as a radiographer. Her mother, however, is more conservative and yearns to return to Iran, which becomes more complicated as the Muslim activism she is involved in begins to undermine the Shah’s regime. A compelling tapestry of a difficult marriage and a tumultuous period in modern history.

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Born in Tehran, Firouzeh Khosrovani settled in Italy to pursue her artistic studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. After graduating in 2002 she returned to Iran and acquired her Master’s degree in Journalism. She now lives between Tehran and Rome. Her debut film, Life Train (2004), is a documentary on the ‘play’ therapy provided for the traumatized children of the earthquake in Bam. In 2007, she directed Rough Cut, a film about mutilated plastic mannequins in the shop windows of Tehran, which won thirteen international film festival awards. Her last work, Fest of Duty, follows two adolescent girls as they transition into adulthood, eight years after their official Fest of Duty. The film won the OXFAM award at IDFA in 2014.

Selected filmography: 
2014 - Fest of Duty
2014 - Herfeh: Mostanadsaz
2012 - L’archivio a oriente