Six Centuries, Six Years

Director: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Documentary | 82 Mins

Logline

Film portrays the endeavors of a group of Iranian master musicians who locates, restores and records a repertoire of compositions attributed to Abd al-Qadir Maraghi from six centuries ago.

Synopsis

Film portrays the endeavors of a group of Iranian master musicians who are trying to locate, restore and record a repertoire of compositions attributed to Abd al-Qadir Maraghi, a prominent composer who lived six centuries ago and greatly influenced the Middle Eastern classical music. During their six-year journey, the group is finally able to reassemble a major portion of these ballads by sifting through manuscripts and other documents deeply buried in the annals of Iranian and Turkish art history. Film follows these musicians as they rediscover forgotten music that deepens the roots of our music as far as six centuries.

CREDITS

Researcher, Writer & Director: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb / Editor: Jila Ipakchi / Camera: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Arastoo Givi / Sound Recordist: Mazyar Sheykh Mahboby / Sound Designer: Amir Hosein Ghassemi / Director’s Assistants: Majid Bahrami, Mohammad Zamani / Color Correction:  Kamran Saharkhiz, Farhad Ghodsi / Sound Crew: Shahab Rezaei, Farid Pirayesh, Ali Eskandarzadeh, Mahmoud Kashani, Saeed Hoseinpour, Mahdi Ebrahimzadeh, Amir Hosein Hoseini / Sound Mix Assistant: Zohreh Aliakbari / Photographers: Amir Niknam Pirzad, Aliakbar Shirjian/ Media Consultant: Amir Hosein Sanaei

With appearance of: Ustad Mohammad-reza Darvishi, Homayoun Shajarian, Negar Bouban, Sanaz Nakhjavani, Ali Samadpour, Siroos Jamali, Arash Shahriari, Siamak Jahangiry, Behzad Mirzayi, Samer Habibi, EhsanZabihifar and Ustad Mohammad-reza Shajarian.

Associate Producer: Mohsen Samadbeyk

Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Technical Info

  • Shesh Gharno Shesh Saal
  • 82 min., English & French Subtitle, PAL + HD, Color, Iran, 2014
  • Persian, Turkish
  • 4:3
  • Stereo + Surround 5.1
  • Blu-Ray / DVD / H.264 File

Awards

  • “Best Documentary Film” from 12th Action On Film (AOF) International Film Festival, L.A., USA, September 2-12, 2016
  • “Best Documentary Film” from 6th London Iranian Film Festival, UK, November 2015
  • “Best Music by Jury” from The Archaeology Channel (TAC) International Film and Video Festival, USA, May 2015
  • Received the following 3 awards from First AHVAZ International Science Film Festival, February 2015:- “NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury Award for Best Film”, “International Jury Omar Khayyam Award for Best Film”, and The University Professors Jury Award for Best Film”.
  • Candidate for receiving “Best Film” award, received the Festival’s trophy and Honorary Diploma for “Best Research” from 8th International Cinema Verite Festival; Tehran, December 2014
  • Candidate for receiving 3 awards for “Best Documentary Film”, “Best Directing” and “Best Research”, as well as receiving “Honorary Diploma for Best Sound” from 16th Grand Ceremony of Iranian Cinema, House of Cinema, September 2014
  • “Jury’s Special Prize for Documentary Film Section” from 32nd Fajr International film Festival, Tehran, February 2014

Festivals

  • Tirgan Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 27-30 July 2017
  • 12th Action On Film (AOF) International Film Festival, L.A., USA, September 2-12, 2016
  • 6th London Iranian Film Festival, UK, Oct. 30 – Nov. 7, 2015
  • A Review of Iranian Independent Cinema, Grenoble Cinematheque, France, October, 8-9, 2015
  • Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco, USA, September 26-27, 2015
  • The Archaeology Channel (TAC) International Film and Video Festival, Eugene, USA, May 15-17, 2015
  • 1st AHVAZ International Science Film Festival, Iran, Feb. 22 – Feb. 27 2015
  • 8th International Documentary Film Festival of Iran, Cinema Verite; Tehran, Nov. 30 – Dec. 7, 2014
  • 16th Grand Ceremony of Iranian Cinema, House of Cinema, Tehran-Iran, September 2014
  • 11th Tasvir Film Festival, Tehran-Iran, Feb. 20 – Mar. 11, 2014
  • 32nd Fajr International film Festival, Tehran-Iran, Feb. 1 – Feb. 11, 2014

Special Screening

  • Institute of Archeology, University of Tehran
  • UMine School of Performing Arts, University of Maine, Orono, USA, 24 February 2018
  • Centre Cultural Seena, Montreal, Canada, 10 May 2017
  • Iranian Cultural Society, San Diego, USA, 15 October 2016
  • Middle East & North African Studies (MENA), Northwestern University, Chicago, USA, 10 October 2016
  • Iranian Studies, Stanford University, San Francisco, USA, 6 October 2016
  • 2nd Cultural Festival: “New Sounds Of Iran”, Cologne, Germany, 14 November 2015
  • Iranian Image Society of Vienna, Austria, 10 November 2015
  • Avaye-Pars Cultural Society, Paris, France, 27 October 2015
  • Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia, 26 June 2015
  • Near Eastern Languages & Civilization (NELC), University of Washington, Seattle – USA, 23 April 2015
  • Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles – USA, 3 May 2015