films – Cinema Akil

Camilla Insom, Giulio Squillacciotti
Iran, Italy | PG | 61 min | Documentary | Persian, Arabic

Archipelago is a journey through ancient myths, exorcism rituals, sounds and spirits.In the south of Iran, on a group of islands of the Persian Gulf, humans and spirits coexist since centuries. The culture and traditions of these Islands are the result of the encounters between Africa, the Arab Countries and Iran, generating a unique system of syncretic beliefs. Spirits of different heritages and origins, called Bad, the Persian word for wind, moving through the air,take possession of the islanders bodies and can only be quieted through a music ceremony called the Zar Ritual. The Film showcases stories and landscapes of the islanders daily lives within the frame of the Rituals, giving, through pounding drum rhythms and wailing vocal chorus, a rare and unexpected glimpse at the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  • Nominee for Best Italian Documentary at 2017 Torino Film Festival