ARCHIPELAGO

by Camilla Insom, Giulio Squillacciotti
ARCHIPELAGO - ARCHIPELAGO

Informations

Nation: Italy

Year: 2017

Length: 63'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

In the south of Iran, there is a group of islands of the Persian Gulf where humans and spirits have coexisted for centuries. The culture and traditions of these islands are the result of the encounters between Iran, African and Arab countries, which have generated a unique system of syncretic beliefs. Spirits from different traditions and origins called Bād (the Persian word for “wind”) move through the air, taking possession of the islanders’ bodies and can only be quieted through a music ceremony called the Zār Ritual.

Director

Giulio Squillacciotti

Giulio Squillacciotti

Giulio Squillacciotti (Rome, Italy, 1982) studied medieval art history in Rome and Barcelona, followed by a master degree in visual arts at IUAV, the Architecture University of Venice. His work is focused on anthropology, narration, and documentaries. In 2015, he participated to the Italiana.Corti section of the Torino Film Festival with his short La dernière image.

Filmography:
Far, from Where We Came (cm, 2008), A Moveable Aesthetics (cm, 2009), Zimmerreise (cm, 2010), Casi la mitad de la historia (cm, 2011), RMHC 1989/1999 Hardcore a Roma (cm, 2012), La dèrniere image (cm, 2015), Archipelago (coregia/codirector Camilla Insom, doc., 2017), Visto due volte (cm, doc., 2017), Scala C, Interno 8 (cm, 2017).

Camilla Insom

Camilla  Insom

Camilla Insom (Rome, Italy, 1983) studied cultural anthropology at University of Rome La Sapienza and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in religious history of the Iranian world at the University of Naples L’Orientale. In 2014, she started researching Sufi brotherhoods in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Filmography:
Camilla Insom, Giulio Squillacciotti:
Archipelago (mm, doc., 2017).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, montaggio, produttori/directors, story, screenplay, film editing, producers
Camilla Insom, Giulio Squillacciotti
fotografia, suono/cinematography, sound
Giulio Squillacciotti
interpreti/cast
Ashraf Zarnegari, Roghaye Taghizade, Baba Isa, Ashgar Nik, Baba Abdullah Madu

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contatti/contacts
Giulio Squillacciotti
giuliosq@gmail.com
www.giuliosq.com

Camilla Insom
camillainsom@gmail.com

Director statement

“The film results from the collaboration between an anthropologist and a filmmaker. Even though our respective fields differ in approach and translation, we immediately found a common ground. We were both interested in the idea of a tradition originating from different cultures that merged together in a given place. As filmmakers, we metaphorically disappear from the picture, where Iran’s islands serve as the backdrop to a story told through the daily lives and rituals of the islanders.”

Synopsis Learn more

In the south of Iran, there is a group of islands of the Persian Gulf where humans and spirits have coexisted for centuries. The culture and traditions of these islands are the result of the encounters between Iran, African and Arab countries, which have generated a unique system of syncretic beliefs. Spirits from different traditions and origins called Bād (the Persian word for “wind”) move through the air, taking possession of the islanders’ bodies and can only be quieted through a music ceremony called the Zār Ritual.

Director All about direction

Giulio Squillacciotti

Giulio Squillacciotti

Giulio Squillacciotti (Rome, Italy, 1982) studied medieval art history in Rome and Barcelona, followed by a master degree in visual arts at IUAV, the Architecture University of Venice. His work is focused on anthropology, narration, and documentaries. In 2015, he participated to the Italiana.Corti section of the Torino Film Festival with his short La dernière image.

Filmography:
Far, from Where We Came (cm, 2008), A Moveable Aesthetics (cm, 2009), Zimmerreise (cm, 2010), Casi la mitad de la historia (cm, 2011), RMHC 1989/1999 Hardcore a Roma (cm, 2012), La dèrniere image (cm, 2015), Archipelago (coregia/codirector Camilla Insom, doc., 2017), Visto due volte (cm, doc., 2017), Scala C, Interno 8 (cm, 2017).

Camilla Insom

Camilla  Insom

Camilla Insom (Rome, Italy, 1983) studied cultural anthropology at University of Rome La Sapienza and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in religious history of the Iranian world at the University of Naples L’Orientale. In 2014, she started researching Sufi brotherhoods in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Filmography:
Camilla Insom, Giulio Squillacciotti:
Archipelago (mm, doc., 2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, montaggio, produttori/directors, story, screenplay, film editing, producers
Camilla Insom, Giulio Squillacciotti
fotografia, suono/cinematography, sound
Giulio Squillacciotti
interpreti/cast
Ashraf Zarnegari, Roghaye Taghizade, Baba Isa, Ashgar Nik, Baba Abdullah Madu

**
contatti/contacts
Giulio Squillacciotti
giuliosq@gmail.com
www.giuliosq.com

Camilla Insom
camillainsom@gmail.com

Director statement Read more

“The film results from the collaboration between an anthropologist and a filmmaker. Even though our respective fields differ in approach and translation, we immediately found a common ground. We were both interested in the idea of a tradition originating from different cultures that merged together in a given place. As filmmakers, we metaphorically disappear from the picture, where Iran’s islands serve as the backdrop to a story told through the daily lives and rituals of the islanders.”