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A REPORT ABOUT MINA
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A REPORT ABOUT MINA
 
NY Premiere

Director: Kaveh Mazaheri

Iran, 2014, 54min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Documentary
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Crew:  Producer: Kaveh Mazaheri - Screenplay: Kaveh Mazaheri, Pooyan Sholevar - Cinematography: Kaveh Mazaheri - Editing: Pooyan Sholevar - Music: Keyhan Kalhor - Sound: Hassan Shabankareh, Ahmad Afshar - Producer: Darvash Filmmaking Team
Email:  mazaherikavehgmail.com

synopsis
Mina lives in the slums and ruins of Tehran and has decorated the ruined walls with items she has collected and she is the godmother of dogs, the homeless, the people of the street. This film is a narration of thirteen days of Mina’s Life, a sad thirteen days.

director
Kaveh Mazaheri was born 1981 in Tehran, Iran. An interest in cinema led Mazaheri to begin writing film criticism for Iranian magazines after graduating from college in 2004. His first short film, "Tweezers" (2007), was censored in Iran. To date, he has made three independent short films and more than twenty short and long documentaries for broadcast on Iranian television. His work has been officially selected by festivals in Iran including the Tehran International Short Film Festival and the “Cinema Vérité” Iran International Documentary Film Festival. He is the editor and author of a great many projects aside from his own. Some of the films he has directed include "Soori’s Trip" (Doumentary, 2009), "Labyrinth" (Docudrama Series, 2013, 15 Episodes), and "Cockroach" (Fiction Short, 2015). His last documentary "A report about Mina" won “Sepecial Mention” prize and was nominated " " from "Yamagata Documentary Film Festival" (Japan-2015) , and won “Best film Expressionist Narrative” from "Black International Cinema Berlin" (Germany-2015).
Filmography   

filmmaker's note
When I was nine, my mother died. After I lost my mother, my father abandoned us, leaving my brother and I to fend for ourselves. 8 years later my father too passed away, and two years later, someone told me one day at a family gathering that he had once seen my father begging in the park. For all these years I have had a question in my mind: “why did my father end up in the streets and leave us behind, never coming back?” And Idecided to make a film about a homeless person. "A Report about Mina" is anattempt to root out the mystery of my father's life. When I met Mina, I realized that she must have the one I had sought for all these years. Mina is a woman living full of hope in a park in Tehran. I decided to go to Mina during the New Year’s holiday, when most Iranian people are having fun alongside their families and friends. I had been visitingMina’s place and talking to her and others there since six months earlier, and I had somehow become their friend. I turned on my camera and just tried to record my observations. I planned only to watch, without any interfering,hoping to find an answer about my obsession about my father. My obsession had a small change: I came to understand why Mina lives in such conditions without even trying to get out.

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