Radiograph of a Family
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    Radiograph of a Family

    Directed by

    Norway, Iran, Switzerland


    82 min

    • Farsi
    • French


    Scope Expanded - Staff Picks

    The daughter of a secular father and a devout mother tells the story of how they co-exist under one roof. Through photos and fictional conversations, we discover the family's change during the years of revolution in Iran. Using her own childhood as focus of the narrative, the author lets us witness the power struggle between her mother and father. During the revolution, their modern apartment decorated with daring art by the father gradually turns into a dreary, empty space in the hands of the religious mother. Like a diorama, the family home reflects the political events of the time. The family's story becomes a central metaphor, depicting the intriguing puzzle that constitutes modern Iranian identity.


    • Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary - IDFA
    • ReFrame Award for best creative use of archive - IDFA


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    Soheila Golestani
    Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
    Farahnaz Sharifi
    Jila Ipakchi
    Rainer M. Trinkler
    Peyman Yazdanian


    Firouzeh Khosrovani

    Firouzeh Khosrovani


    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. Since then, she has contributed to, and collaborated with numerous Italian newspapers and magazines. She made her debut as a filmmaker with LIFE TRAIN (2004) a documentary on the ‘play’ therapy provided for the traumatized children of Bam in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. She directed ROUGH CUT(2007), a film about mutilated plastic mannequins in the shop windows of Tehran, which won thirteen international documentary film festival awards, followed by CUTTING OFF (2008), an installation and video art piece for the Triennale di Milano. Her 1001 IRANS (2010), was a documentary about the image of Iran, outside of Iran. In 2011, she collaborated with three directors from three different continents on a Spanish production about the concept of beauty and women’s physical appearance, called ESPELHO MEU (2011), which won the Best National Documentary award in Documenta Madrid. The next year, she directed IRAN, UNVEILED AND VEILED AGAIN (2012), produced by Istituto Luce, Cinecittà, in Rome. Her new project RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY (2020) took part in the Greenhouse workshops last year.