Dancing Mania

(This film is screened immediately after "From Tehran to London" in the same event)
"Dancing Mania" is a short documentary on the latest film by Mania Akbari titled, "From Tehran to London". The film takes a closer look at Akbari’s latest boundary pushing film that displays females dancing for the first time in Iranian cinema after revolution. “Dancing Mania” not only reviews the evolutionary growth of Akbari as an expressive filmmaker in the constrained atmosphere of Iran, but it intelligently employs stills, stop motion imagery, and back stage footage to capture the depth of the themes that are played out in “From Tehran to London”. Through the lens of critical analysis with a touch of Freudian psychoanalysis, the documentary comments on how the themes of dance, death, sexuality, censorship and devastation come to light through the actor’s dialogues and symbols in the film.
Roya Akbari's seemless narration guides the audience through various footage and acts as a visual essay, but one that can cinematically stand on its own. The fact that Roya Akbari herself has lived extensively in Iran and in the West and allows her nuanced analysis to capture the various challenges that "From Tehran to London" comments on. One of these challenges is the reality that Mania Akbari faces by the end of the filming, that of leaving Iran for good. The documentary shows how the themes in a sense extend to Mania’s reality and how the interrelationship between art and death eventually pushed Mania out of Iran as she was facing a kind of creative death. The documentary begins first with Roya Akbari explaining the symbolic significance of the documentary’s title to Mania Akbari and at the end of the documentary we come full circle by Roya reading a letter that Mania, would be "loosing her creative spirit" if she remained in Iran any longer.
Directed by: Roya Akbari

Producer: Roya Akbari

Script:Roya Akbari

Camera:Mohhamd Ali Ghasemi

Back Stage Camera:Roya Akbari

Editors:Sohrab Nourbakhsh, Roya Akbari, Maksim Bentesinov

Sunday, 23 August 2015 - 3:30pm
25 minutes
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Persian (English Subtitle)

Roya Akbari was born in Tehran, Iran. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She is a...


Event Information

Sunday, 23 August 2015 - 3:30pm
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre