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Published on Dec 17, 2008
Acclaimed Iranian-Canadian musician Kiya Tabassian leaves behind the slush, congestion and impersonal towering buildings of his home in Montreal to encounter the deep sources and inspirations of diasporic Persian music. His search takes us on a richly textured journey into the landscape, the poetry, the memory, and above all, the compelling spirituality of the music of southern Iran. In remote mountain villages, Tabassian meets many legendary poets and performers of Iranian music, including Ustad Mohamad Housein Kiyani and Ustad Habib-allah Gorginpoor. Shahin Parhami has constructed an equally poetic and eloquent visual documentation of this journey, full of intimate perceptions and abstract meditative connections between here and there, past and present. A sumptuous affirmation of music as life. DV, 60min, colour Shahin Parhami: writing, cinematography, editing, sound design, producing and directing.