Directed by Firouzeh Khosrovani • 2020 • Norway, Iran
“Mother married a photo of Father,” says director Firouzeh Khosrovani in the opening of this deeply personal documentary. She’s not speaking metaphorically. Her mother Tayi literally married a portrait of Hossein in Tehran; he was in Switzerland studying radiology and was unable to travel back to his homeland for the wedding. The event illustrates the abyss that still exists in their marriage: Hossein is a secular progressive and Tayi a devout, traditional Muslim. But this family history is also an X-ray of sorts, laying bare the conflicts of Iranian society in the run-up to and aftermath of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.