Residents of one-way street

Mehdi Bagheri, Iran, 2015
72 min., OmeU (persisch)
Detour to Tehran
A film program curated by Amirali Ghasemi | Parking Video Library
in cooperation with hinterland galerie
  • Residents of one-way street | Mehdi Bagheri | 2015 | 72 min
  • Reading Salinger in the City Park | Pirouz Kalantari | 2011 | 29 min
Residents of one-way street | Mehdi Bagheri
A documentary about Si-ye Tir or former Qavam os-Saltaneh St is located in District 12 of Tehran. It is between City Park in the south and Jomhoori Ave in the north. The street had the name Qavam because the house of Qavam os-Saltaneh, a politician of Qajar and Pahlavi eras, was located in it. After the Revolution in 1979, the street was named Si-ye Tir [30th of Tir] to commemorate the martyrs of that day in 1952 who had been killed during the time Qavam was the Prime Minister. The streets of the oldest places in Tehran. In the past, different religions lived together (Armenians, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Zoroastrians). Now only memories and family photo albums remained as residents of the street.

Reading Salinger in the City Park | Pirouz Kalantari |
It is a personal memoir film. The past is integrated with the present images of the City Park   (Park-e Shahr, located in the region 12th, central Tehran) in a poetic manner. So, while conveying the basic information about the park, it attributes a personal nature to the place. “Reading Salinger in the City Park” begins by a distant memory: Pirouz Kalantari is reading one of the Salinger’s stories in the City Park when a girly hand puts a small pack in his opened book and a boyish hand picks it up a bit later. In fact, the evoked memory acts as a kind of pretext for loitering in the formless and jelly-like Tehran.