Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Family Relations (2020)

An excellent study of authoritarianism. It has two equally important qualities: one is a deep respect for the victims and their suffering; the other is the courage to face the autocrat and give him every possibility to present and defend himself. That the dictator demonstrates no need for defense and is thus denying any guilt and responsibility is probably the key feature of authoritarianism. The brilliance by which the filmmaker makes this gradually visible is breathtaking.

Family Relations is no observational documentary. The scenes are well studied and prepared, and, in addition, reworked in post-production: from the very start, the protagonists enter and exit the field of vision in an instant, as if transported by an invisible hand. This creates a dream-like atmosphere in which everything seems far from the real.

As the film unfolds, we understand there is good reason for this. It very well describes a society in which a group of people – grown-up men – treat other members of society – children and women – with the lightness of a cartoon: having absolute power over their existence, they enter and exit their subjects as they please. Most probably, this also represents the lightness well by which these men experience the world they live in, their relations with others, and their responsibilities; but, what about all other members of such society – women and children, the victims?

Production notes

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Film Title : Family Relations
Language : persia
Director : Nasser Zamiri
Year : 2019
Length : 77
Age limit : K12
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Nasser Zamiri
Editing : Nasser Zamiri, Neda Asadi
Producer : Nasser Zamiri
Production Company : Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC)
Title in Original Language : Ravabete Khanevadegi

Screenings :
Tue 28.1. at 17.15, Kinopalatsi 8
Wed 29.1. at 19.45, Maxim 2
Sun 2.2. at 19.30, Kinopalatsi 8