THE WOODEN CARPET
Iran / 2008 / 18'
We are in a village in the Kermanshah region, on the border between Iran and Iraq. This territory, at the foot of Mounts Zagros at about 1,400 metres altitude, is very poor and isolated. A flood has destroyed the only bridge so communications with the village are cut. This event mobilised the whole community, which started to work tirelessly in order to reconstruct the bridge. The documentary film narrates, step by step, every small effort made by all the inhabitants of the village, whether they are men, women, elderly people or children. The final result is, in its naturalness and spontaneity, really amazing: a long bridge made from trunks and branches finely intertwined, as if it were a decorated carpet suspended between the two banks.
Abdolrahman Mirani is a young Iranian director born in 1976. He graduated in theology and collaborates with Setak Film, an Iranian production and distribution company.