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Remembering the Pentagons2015

  • 4.0
REMEMBERING THE PENTAGONS is a slow, rhythmic journey into filmmaker Azadeh Navai's earliest childhood memories. With an old 16mm Bolex and a hand-made pinhole camera, Navai returns to Tehran and Esfahan, Iran, where the perceptions and recollections of places, emotions and scents serve as vehicles through which she exposes a deeply personal landscape. She asks, what is the texture of memory? In what ways does time, the light, wind and air of history wear upon the monuments and the images of the past? Her camera, gliding through mosques and the heady wares of the bazaar, provides grounding to narrative themes of childhood wonder and familial tragedy. But, as in memory, there is trouble in the image. The convulsions of recollection are perceptible even in the shifting grains of the film image, kaleidoscopic in their geometries of instability and flux. Born in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, Navai seeks to access a time of personal turmoil both for her family and for her birth country in this poetic capturing of place, history and memory.

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Amateurish and mediocre photography pretentiously masquerading as some sort of arty Proustian remembrance of a Middle Eastern environment as a child. Most of the images bore no resemblance to the various textual comments about the author's childhood which were inserted at various points in the film. Many images were either poorly lit or accidentally or intentionally blurred which the author unconvincingly tried to suggest as some sort of symbolic representation of "blurred memories." Only 22 minutes but still a waste of time.