Docunight is releasing ten documentaries by an acclaimed film director Nasser Saffarian. Saffarian’s method of documentary filmmaking alternates between a poetic style and a more reflexive style. Those that are poetic contemplate love, loss, life, and pleasure through the use of poetry, music, and, in a few instances, politics. It is evident that he not only aims to showcase a particular, sometimes hidden truth in these documentaries but also to create a unique “feeling” in each by incorporating creative compositions and challenging juxtapositions. These documentaries are correspondingly reflexive, as Saffarian’s approach to his topics clearly indicates a knowledge of literary aesthetics. By including interviews of a close circle of acquaintances, he constructs intimate portraits and precious moments of closeness to the subject of his works. Saffarian’s mode of telling a story is singular, captivating, and full of poetic moments, and his films are undoubtedly worth watching and appreciating. His oeuvre is a testament to his sharp mind and lyrical creativity.
Films in this series include: The Green Cold [Sard-e Sabz] (2002, 60 mins), The Mirror of the Soul [Jaam-e Jaan] (2002, 60 min), Summit of the Wave [Oj- e Moj] (2004, 31 min), A Good Time for Tragedy [Vaght-e Khoob-e Masaeb] (2006, 57 mins), Care for Me, Lady! [Banoo Mara Daryab!] (2010, 22 mins), The Emperor and Us [Emperatur v ma] (2006, 40 mins), Freedom in the Fog [Azadi dar Meh] (2007, 20 mins), Crossed-out Memories [Khatereh haye Khatkhati] (2015, 40 mins), The Night of Infatuation [Shab-e Sheyda] (2015, 89 mins), I’m Just a Poet, Officer [Man Faghat Shaeram, Jenab Sarvan] (2016, 73 mins)