Nane Hassan

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Director: Mohammad Ali Talebi and Arash Talebi
Producer: Mohammad Ali Talebi
Screenwriter: Mohammad Ali Talebi

Nane Hassan:
Monavar Ramezani, known as “Nane Hassan”, is an old woman who has spent her entire life carpet weaving. Several years ago, she decided to start painting spontaneously and without training. In a short period of time, he manages to create very beautiful paintings that reflect his past life. She, who got married at the age of 9, gave birth to 16 children and lost 11 children due to poverty and lack of facilities, and the pain of losing his children in old age increased his passion and love for creating, and his paintings contain memories. , rituals, religion and Iranian traditions.

Vision, method and goal and additional information pertinent to the film:
On a trip to the villages around Zanjan in Iran, I and my son met an old village lady who baked bread, prepared delicious foods, and took care of her husband and son’s chickens, roosters, ducks, goats, dogs and cats, and the most importantly she also painted. We started photographing her paintings with the ordinary small camera that we often had with us on our travels. The next day we were so interested in the old woman’s life that we decided to stay in that village for a few days and spend some moments to record her life.
Every morning, the old woman would get up early and after doing her daily chores, prepared her brush and colors, sat at a small table and drew the most beautiful paintings on the fiber sheets that her son had prepared in advance. Her paintings were reminiscent the works of painters like Chagall and Picasso. We were amazed by her paintings, tried to film everything because we knew that an illiterate old woman who is not even able to speak Persian language will surely remain in the history of Iranian painting.
When I returned to Tehran with my son, we took the rashes on a normal laptop, assembled them and did the sound and mixing because we did not have budget for post-production to make this film. The result was this short film in which, although brief, the relationship between the old woman’s life and her past and dreams has been discussed with a poetic expression. In the past, the old woman had lost many children due to poverty and lack of medical facilities, and in this film she also talks about them and maybe to face these countless sorrows. She tried to give life to her past and children by using so many different colors on the canvas, just as she tried to create life in pots by planting flowers and plants.
After making this film, my son, Arash, was injured in a car accident and died due to medical negligence in Iran, I realized how much the old woman suffered in losing her children and why she turned to painting.