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None of Your Business

Kamran Heidari
Iran/Czech Republic 2019 – 63’

CH Premiere

Sprache/language: Persian
Untertitel/subtitles: English
︎ Screening @ Kino Rex Bern (Nov 12, 2021)
︎ Stream on Demand available worldwide except South Korea and MENA region

Ein Dokumentarfilm über Leben und Werk des iranischen Gitarristen, Sängers und Dichters Ebrahim Monsefi (1945–1997), bekannt unter dem Namen Ebram. Sein ganzes Leben lang schrieb Ebram Songtexte, komponierte und nahm Musik auf. Stets alleine für sich, in Einsamkeit: Ebram besuchte nie ein Studio. Erst nach seinem Tod wurden seine Songs Stück für Stück wiederentdeckt und veröffentlicht. Immer mehr Menschen begeisterten sich für Ebrams Werk und begannen, seine Songs zu covern.

How he lived and died is nobody’s business, the singer Ebrahim Monsefi sings in a song documented in a video flickering with decay. It comes at the end of a film whose very existence asserts the opposite, because it narrates precisely that life, which was shaped by his love of music and a crash caused by the loss of loved ones. It started in the traditionally cosmopolitan southern Iranian seaport of Bandar Abbas at the Strait of Hormuz. Ebram learned to play the guitar at an early age and became a local star as a singer-songwriter, before he became addicted to heroin and died in 1997.

Today, his songs are popular standards in the region. And catchy melancholy tunes which, in archive footage of Ebram himself and street sets of contemporary performers, become the vibrant framework of Kamran Heidari’s film. Added to this are re-stagings of individual stations of his life. And the artist as a spirit whose emerging, almost pathological obsession with femininity can also be read as a comment on the worldview of the never explicitly mentioned Islamic Revolution. Thus, the film is more a parable than a biography, but also the portrait of a fascinating, vibrant city.

︎ Background Article on the Norient Space

«Monsefi cannot be described in one sentence, one film, or one book. He might breeze into you or not. If he does, you'll feel it – you'll understand his pain and sorrow, humor, lovesickness, or strangeness. If he doesn't, you will be left cold and he will remain ungraspable to you.»
Azin Feizabadi, director and visual artist

A Norient Space Snap (Artwork: Sejma Fere, Remix: DJ Raph)

Stills: None of Your Business (Kamran Heidari, Iran/Czech Republic 2019)