Scene from the film A Moon for My Father
Scene from the film A Moon for My Father
Scene from the film A Moon for My Father
Scene from the film A Moon for My Father
Scene from the film A Moon for My Father

A Moon for My Father

  • Iran
  • United Kingdom
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Mania Akbari collaborates with British sculptor Douglas White to coin a tender fusion of language, where a meeting of cinema and sculpture investigates the processes of physical and psychological destruction and renewal. Begun a matter of weeks after first meeting, the film charts a deepening artistic and personal relationship exploring the nature of skin, family, death, water, desire and, throughout, a powerful will to form.
Akbari looks into the connection between her body and the political history of Iran, investigating the relationship between her own physical traumas and the collective political memory of her birthplace. Remembrance and re-construction provide a course, as she undergoes various surgeries on a body decimated by cancer. Her body’s history engages in a conversation of how bodies are traumatised, censored and politicized, and yet ultimately remain a site of possibility.


  • Original Title
    A Moon for My Father
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Douglas White, Paria Kamyab, Mahshad Afshar, Mania Akbari
  • Editing
    Babak Salek, Majed Neisi, Ashkan Mehri, Amin Maher, Paria Kamyab, Hoda Taheri
  • Sound
    Babak Salek
  • Runtime
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Iran
    • United Kingdom
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Essay Film Festival | ICA London
    • Flying Broom International Festival | Turkey
    • Krakow International Film Festival | Poland
    • Kerala International Documentary Festival | India
    • Odessa International Film Festival | Ukraine
    • New Horizons International Film Festival | Poland
    • DOKUFEST International Documentary Film Festival | Kosovo
    • CineMigrante | Argentina
    • WoFF: World of Film International Festival | UK
    • Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema | Canada |
    • DOKUARTS at the German Historical Museum in Berlin | Germany
    • DocLisboa | Portugal
    • MOSTRA Sao Paolo | Brazil
    • Göteborg Film Festival | Sweden
    • CINEMONDES 2019, Berck-sur-Mer
  • Awards
    • Winner New:Vision Award at CPH:DOX
    • FIPRESCI International Critics Award
    • Special Mention - International Award- International Signs of the Night Festival
    • Winner Best Female Perspective Feature at World of Film International Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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