Parviz Kimiavi b. 1939
Ya Zamene Ahu (Oh Guardian of Deer!) (1970)
Duration: 20 minutes, B&W

Ya Zamene Ahu is a quiet documentary about the visitors of the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shiite Imam, in the city of Mashhad in the North East of Iran. Nicknamed the "Guardian of Deer," it is said that Imam Reza once protected a deer chased by a hunter.

"There is the religious belief which leads the human beings to the shrine. All that I do is to show the space between the hands of the believers and the shrine. The symbolism in my film is rooted in reality. All the human beings and things in the film are real, nothing has been arranged." — Parviz Kimiavi


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