Monday, April 30, 2018

4/4/18 Jennifer Saparzadeh


Nu Dem (2017, 9 min)
Nu Dem traces Europe's borders in Spring 2016 when new laws were passed denying previously instated freedom of movement, and barring people seeking refuge from entering. People, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq, waited directly on a heavily policed border between Greece and Macedonia in hopes of eventually entering Northwestern Europe.
Lebanon Street (2016, 5 min)
Lebanon Street documents the stop and go, the frantic stagnation, of lives lived without the freedom to move. Named after a street in Los Angeles, the title scrutinizes the arbitrary nature of borders and geographical renaming.
Shabe Sher (2014, 13 min)
Algerian born Frenchman, Philippe Jacq, embodies a psychological journey through exile and loneliness. Traditional and contemporary Iranian poems resound against a bleak black and white landscape as he travels through the material of imagination and longing.
Autoportrait (2012, 2 min)
A traveling confrontation to a disintegrating sense of unity and to questions of homeland, togetherness, and separation.
Desespero Magnanima (2013, 6 min)
The wind and rhythm of Lisbon animate the mythological origins of Fado, a music tradition that gives form to the feeling of saudade. The Fado origin story depicts a windless night on the open sea; there, in darkness, stillness, and silence the human voice can access profound emotion- and desperation.
Slowly (2011, 10 min)
Slowly is a film about shame, separation, desire, and imagination. Inspired by the poem "The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Faun" by Andrew Marvell.

Three Portraits: Jackson, Bridges & Balloons, Laaron (2006-2007)
Three super 8 portraits of my friends I made as a teenager; made in the mid 2000s.

Total Run Time: ~60 Minutes

Bio: Jennifer Saparzadeh makes films that focus on the physical and emotional borders between humankind. Currently she resides in Los Angeles, CA.