“I come from Ahvaz in southern Iran, the capital of the oil industry, the most polluted city on earth and one of the hottest places in the world. Global warming has made the soil drier and, when strong winds set in, sandstorms rage. The fine dust pollution in Ahvaz is 52 times higher than the maximum tolerable limit for one’s health. A tsunami-like wave of cancers is expected.” (Sina Ataeian Dena)
Sina Ataeian Dena captured the images for his video work in Çınarcık near Yalova/Turkey as well as in the south of Tehran.
The video will be projected on the facade of Sinema Transtopia from 03.09. to 31.10.2021.
Ahvaz will be shown as part of the Studio Bosporus. Festival for the 10th Anniversary of Tarabya Cultural Academy, which is hosted by the Goethe-Institut Istanbul.
Sina Ataeian Dena, born in 1983 in Ahvaz, Iran, shot his first animated short films and video clips for theater productions during his university studies, has made video installations, worked as a visual effects supervisor, and developed material for computer games during his university studies. In 2009 his animated short Especially Music won the international competition of the Tehran International Short Film Festival. Dena has also worked as a writer and director on commercials, documentaries, and TV series. In 2015 he made his first full-length feature film, Paradise(original title: Ma dar Behesht), which he directed, co-produced and for which he wrote the script. Paradisemade its world premiere in August 2015 in the main competition of the 68th Locarno Film Festival, was nominated for the Golden Leopard and was awarded the Ecumenical Jury Prize and Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award.
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