Chicheka Lullaby

Sunday, 11.6.2023, 5:00 p.m.

IR 2020, 97 min.
Director: Raha Faridi
With: Ebrahim Monsefi, Rahman Rokni, Reza Koolghani
Farsi with English subtitles.

When Ebrahim Monsefi, the “Bob Dylan of the Iranian South,” died 20 years ago in poverty and drug addiction, he left behind hundreds of lyrics and more than 200 songs, recorded only with a small tape recorder. His independence and creativity have created a new cultural self-confidence among the people around Bandar Abbas: many musicians cover his songs, which speak of love and freedom. The filmmaker Raha Faridi brings us closer to the South, which is shaped by African and Indian influences, its culture and way of life and is invited to the film discussion.

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Raha Faridi (*1980 in Tehran) works as an artist, filmmaker, radio producer, citizen activist, and storyteller. “Chicheka Lullaby” was crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and finally screened in Iran in December 2019 after years of bans.