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Silent House

Farnaz JURABCHIAN, Mohammadreza JURABCHIAN

  • Iran, Philippines, Canada
  • 80 min
  • DCP, mp4, mov
  • color/black and white


"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.

Synopsis

"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.

Director's Statement

"Silent House" is our family story, told with our mother's story at the core. It takes place within a hundred year old mansion in the north of Tehran alongside our grandmother, and our two uncles. It is a story that reveals the hopes, dreams, struggles and regrets through the years of a complex new era in Iran.


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.

Director

  • Farnaz JURABCHIAN

     

  • Mohammadreza JURABCHIAN

     

Credit

  • Producer주얼 마라난 Jewel MARANAN
    엘라헤 노바흐트
    Elaheh NOBAKHT