Whisper with the Wind

After The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami), whose story went on in the Iranian Kordestan, Iranian filmmakers were attracted to what happened in that region after the fall of Saddam. Samira Makhmalbaf made The Blackboards and later on, local filmmakers started professional careers. One of the most famous of the latter group was Bahman Qobadi, whose first feature called A Time for the Drunken Horses, won a Camera d’Or from Cannes Film Festival. The trend has continued. Shahram Alidi is another Kurd director of Iran whose first feature, Whisper with the Wind, has taken part in Cannes and won two prizes from non-competitive sections. Alidi has already made many short films and has won prizes from domestic festivals. Whisper with the Wind is about a postman in the Iraqi Kurdistan who records voices of some Iranian soldiers and war refugees during the war with Iraq to give them to their relatives. This story has been used as a ground to show the situation of Iraq in war and subsequent human catastrophes like mass graves and disabled people. An Iraqi war refugee calls on the postman to go to his pregnant wife and record the voices of his child when he is born and bring it back to him. Crewmembers include Touraj Aslani (director of photography), Asghar Abgoun (sound recordist), Rasoul Seyed Arabi (makeup artist), Hayedeh Safiyari (editor), Saman Salour (project manager and production manger), and Mohammad Reza Delpak (sound design and mix). Whisper with the Wind has been made in cooperation with Iraqi Kurdistan’s Ministry of Culture and casts both Iranian and Iraqi actors.

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