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The Silent Majority Speaks

Bani KHOSHNOUDI

  • Iran, Netherlands
  • 2010
  • 95min
  • 18 +
  • DCP
  • color, b&w

Asian Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Using the latest revolt in Iran as a launching pad and as a central focus, this film explores ideas of collectivity, authority, patriarchy, memory, and repetition through a re-assessment or deconstruction of Iran's modern history and the images used to construct it. 

PROGRAM NOTE

In June 2009, there was a big wave of protest against Ahmadinejad, the re-elected Iranian president from the conservative, questioning fraudulent election. It set fire to the Green Movement that shook the entire Middle East Asia, but the Iranian government militantly quelled the protestant, arrested many, and executed them. (Raisi, who directed the suppression, became the president in 2021, and later in 2022, Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini got arrested after being accused of improperly wearing her hijab and died in September. More than 500 civilians died who came out to commemorate her and protest during the pandemic.)
Bani Khoshnoudi worries that the erasure of the memory could cause the repetition of history. She believes in the possibility of an archive that will survive the oppression of silence and destruction of dead bodies and resist oblivion. She collects footage such as The Constitutional Revolution era in the early 20th century, the colonial period, Mosaddeq who tried to nationalize the oil business, Shah(King) Pahlavi who took Mosaddeq down, Khomeini who ousted Shah, and even clips taken by citizens as an evidence of public power in 2009.
Khoshnoudi had to hide the fact that she directed her movie The Silent Majority Speaks until 2013, and her new film, El Chinero, a Phantom Hill (2023), was screened in Korea. The director continues to work outside Iran, wishing for a different future facing the image of violence. [SHIN Eun-shil]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
127 2023-08-25 | 19:30 - 21:05 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9
418 2023-08-28 | 17:00 - 18:35 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9

Director

  • Bani KHOSHNOUDI

    Bani Khoshnoudi is a filmmaker and visual artist born in Tehran and immigrated to the United States in 1979 during the revolution. She studied architecture, photography, and cinema at the University of Texas, Austin, and was a studio artist at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

     

Credit

  • ProducerBani KHOSHNOUDI
  • Cinematographer Bani KHOSHNOUDI
  • Editor Bani KHOSHNOUDI
  • Sound Jeremy FLEISHMAN

CONTACT

Pensée Sauvage Films | Bani KHOSHNOUDI | bani@penseesauvagefilms.com