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Mashti Esmaeil


Sat Dec 6 2014, 7:15pm

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, City Hall, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

In the Iranian countryside, an old blind farmer named Mashti Esmaeil toils through the seasons of sowing and harvest. Almost exclusively cinéma verité in style, Kiasari follows Esmaeil’s life intimately, capturing his loving interactions with his wife and daughter as well as his quiet life in the rice fields. In spite of his blindness, Esmaeil demonstrates a willingness to learn that belies his age. Whether farming, fixing the roof, or threading a needle, Esmaeil’s strength is in understated hopefulness and dogged perseverance.
Reflections on his life are paired with sweeping shots of the beautiful landscape of Iran, in an ode to the timelessness of rural life. With commitment and dedication, Kiasari’s film is storytelling refined and pared down to a minimalist beauty.

Mashti Esmaeil was named Best Film at the 8th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.