Montage as an act of authority and a challenge to authorship

Dawood Hilmandi’s artistic research, entitled ‘Montage as an act of authority and a challenge to authorship’ starts from investigating the relationship between autobiography and cinema by deconstructing the latter through an autobiographical way of making works. The two short experimental films A Journey Into Zero Space (2016) and Dear Bob Dear Baba (2016) employ the practice of montage as a way of questioning authority from the maker’s subjective perspective by re-archiving personal memories as found footages in a new body of work. Family becomes a micro-cosmos of political and social behaviors, where the figure of the father stands as one of the central elements.

A setting for different times and spaces of the mind, cinema can go beyond the (often authoritarian) language of words by stepping into the realm of perception and imagination. The use of voiceover and self-reflexivity engage the viewer in a process of reflection and reinterpretation of already established frames of interpretation, while the maker’s constant questioning by the act of montage forwards the key notion of being active.

Year

2016

Length (min.)

21

Cast

A JOURNEY INTO ZERO SPACE (experimental documentary, 20’)

director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor Dawood Hilmandi
sound design Matteo Taheri / Pastelle Music
location assistants and guides (Bamyan) Sadeq Naseri, Baqir Tawakoli
assistant Claudia Christern
with Mustafa

DEAR BOB DEAR BABA (experimental documentary, 18’)

director, writer, cinematographer, editor Dawood Hilmandi
sound design Matteo Taheri / Pastelle Music
location assistants and guides (Bamyan) Sadeq Naseri, Baqir Tawakoli
with Mustafa, Najiba Noori, Kaveh Ayreek, Eid Mobarak
thanks to Bob Robert Wilson and the Watermill International Summer
Program 2014, New York (participants, collaborators and staff)

For both films thanks to my family, friends in Tehran, Rowena production Bamyan, Aneta Lesnikovska, Eyal Sivan, Mieke Bernink, Patrick Minks (external advice), Cristina Buta, my colleague students.

Language  Farsi
Subtitles  English
Country of production  Afghanistan, Iran, the Netherlands

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