Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

My Mother’s Home, Lagoon (2020)

This film from 1999, which has circulated film festivals around the world, is an early work from DocPoint’s retrospective guest Mehrdad Oskouei. The half-an-hour documentary follows the exceptional everyday life of the 67-year-old Kobra.

Kobra lives on a strand of an overgrown lagoon and each morning sets out to go fishing in her small rowing boat. Whatever she catches, she tries to sell at the local marketplace. Living in a male-dominated world means that Kobra constantly has to stand up against the many greedy street merchants, other fishermen and thieves.

Waiting for the tenacious woman at home, is her elderly and vulnerable mother who is completely dependent on the care of her daughter. Photos of Kobra’s deceased husband and father hang on the wall of her house, spectating her life.

The burdensome everyday life of Iranian women is also the subject of many of Oskouei’s later films. My Mother’s Home, Lagoon will be screened together with The Last Days of Winter, which depicts the lives of young boys in a youth detention centre.

Kati Juurus
Translation: Aki Pitkäkoski

The film will be screened together with The Last Days of Winter.

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Film Title : My Mother's Home, Lagoon
Language : persia
Director : Mehrdad Oskouei
Year : 1999
Length : 29
Age limit : K12
Format : HD file
Cinematographer : Bayram Fazli
Editing : Ebrahim Saeedi
Title in Original Language : Khyaneye madariyam mordab

Screenings :
Fri 31.1. at 13.30, Kiasma, followed by a Q&A with director Mehrdad Oskouei