|Cast: ||Sara Jenati, Hana Nouri, Arshan Nouri, Mohammad Reza Nouri|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Arggy Jenati - Producers: Arggy Jenati - Screenwriters: Arggy Jenati - Cinematographer: Brock Newman - Editor: Liam Sherriff - Composer: Arggy Jenati
An Iranian mother of two discovers her husband has been laid off yet another entry level position. Her experience parallels her daughter; who amidst the instability finds creative ways to escape.
Arggy Jenati is an interdisciplinary Iranian artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was the 2016 playwright in residence at Delinquent Theatre where her play Trryghert was commissioned. She is a conservatory trained actress and has performed and toured across London, UK and Canada both on stage and screen. Recent Selected Credits include: The Xfiles, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, A Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time (ArtsClub Theatre), Alice Munro stories (Belfry Theatre), A Night At The Rose Coloured DIscotheque (Van Top Fringe Pick), Medical Drama ( Sophie Jarvis), The Tragedy of Valerie Mallory Finkerstein (martina monro) and Hand Job (Kara Hornland). She wrote and produced the short Running Behind which was screened at the Creation International Film Festival. Faryad is her first short film and directorial debut.
This film was inspired by the exiled Iranian popstar, Hayedeh and her hit ballad, Faryad. In Farsi Faryad means outcry. Hayedeh's song is about a trapped bird in a cage who watches his world carry on as he's suffocating behind bars. The bird has no other choice then to scream in hopes of someone setting him free.
I was interested in the minute barriers that existed in various stages of an immigrant household. Whether those barriers be language, economic, social, political or barriers that exist within your core family. Each character is attempting to be a part of their own life. Their never truly experiencing events because their hearts and minds are always attached to something else, something they've left behind or some societal element they aren't initiated into.
Growing up I spoke English to my mother and she responded in Farsi. Although, neither of us are completely fluent in the other language we always understood each other. We communicated in what was most accessible, vital and immediate ways to have ourselves be understood. I know this broken communication is common in immigrant households but I've never seen it in film. The immediacy and frustration that comes with everyday interactions; unable to fully breach through to the other person. This barrier interested me; how in the comfort of our own homes we ebb and flow in jagged pieces. This threaded relationship between an immigrant mother and daughter is so delicate yet resilient.
These personal barriers ultimately inch the characters to their own personal boiling points where there is nothing left to do but scream. Faryad is about those boiling points of day to day.