CONVERSATIONS WITH A PICTURE

Art historican Parisa Damandan,  rescued the pictures from the rubbles of Bam after the devastating earthquake of December 26 2003. Tens of thousands of photos of families, weddings, gatherings were rescued to be returned to the  survivors of the earthquake. 'For 'voices of Bam' I asked people of Bam to talk to the pictures of their loved lost ons,  a practice which is far more common in Iran than it is in Europe. Their monologues were so powerful,  I contemplated to make a 'black film', only using their voices and subtitles on a black screen. When asked to contribute to the photofestival of Naarden I finally made this film, which was shown in a container accompanied by pictures rescued by Parisa Damandan.