487 Seconds (There - Toaster)

November 7 to December 15, 2021

“There”: adj, Place

“There…” begins in an unknown country which the protagonist calls home. A borderless land with no features and nothing but soil. There is no architecture in this home, neither physically nor spiritually. The soil embodies the potential for growth which is further revealed to be the country, Iran; a place of multi-faceted possibilities.

In the Persian language, Iran is a feminine name and many are named Iran to this day; a motherland which gives birth, wherein growth takes place. Even on the most basic of searches on the internet, Wikipedia, states “a country is a distinct territorial body or political entity (i.e. a nation). It is often referred to as the land of an individual's birth, residence or citizenship.” The short film draws upon the question whether the protagonist truly considers herself as the resident or citizen of that unknown land?

In order to be physically in this country, the protagonist is forced by the interviewer to be dishonest and doubt her thoughts. At the end, it is she who has to leave that land and carries “THERE” with herself.

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