Moving Up (Kami Balatar) - 2011
Director, Loghman Khaledi, returns to his hometown in this pair of documentaries to tell the stories of two outsiders, people who want to be artists, seemingly impossible in the provincial town of Kermanshah. Shahriyar (Moving Up) is both a garbage collector and an unpublished novelist who also finds it impossible to conform to society’s expectations; rather, he aspires to be Jack London or Dostoevsky. Khaledi builds sympathetic portraits of both his protagonists and their family members. Shahriyar, a garbage collector, has a passion for literature and poetry. He writes imaginative stories to escape from his dull, prosaic life in Kermanshah, a city in Iran’s Kurdistan region. But his wife, his family, his neighborhood and all the people around him constantly conspire to hold him back from Moving Up.
Director: Loghman Khaledi
Producer: Katayoon Shahabi
Writer: Loghman Khaledi
Screening time: 58 minutes
Print Source: SMI
Language: English with Farsi subtitles