Farnaz JURABCHIAN, Mohammadreza JURABCHIAN
"Silent House" explores pre and post-revolution Iran through a traditional upper middle class family living
in an ancestral house in Tehran. Through the decades, the family's struggles, dreams and hopes have intersected
with the country's social and political upheavals. The passing of time - for the family and for Iranian society -
is charted from the 1979 revolution until the present time through a rich collection of analogue
and digital home videos dug from the vault of the family's archives, and obsessively continued
by its youngest living members - sibling filmmakers Farnaz and Mohammadreza.
"Silent House" is the story of three generations of an Iranian family who live in a one hundred-year-old house in Tehran. Through archival family footage woven with contemporary images, the two filmmakers, Farnaz and Mohammadreza, portray their family’s evolution across 40 years, from the 1979 Islamic Revolution until the present time. They follow each family member entangled in the tides of their country's complicated history.
Through photographs, Super 8 footage, and analogue home movies, the film flashbacks to the joyful and most striking moments of the family members’ lives, going back in history and evoking memories of the past to bring back the spirit of the house. Through the images taken today, the past is traced and its imprints interrogated for what remains — in the house and in their lives.
We decided to use intimate family home footage which our mother took starting in the 1970's, and weave them with images that we now take inside our house in the last couple of years. By harvesting these materials, we aim to find meaning in the story of our family, in the hardships we faced, and in hopes and dreams that either came true or went to ashes as the political and social situation in Iran encompassed and changed the course of our family's fates.