Possessed with the gentle grace and ethereal spell of fellow Iranian Abbas Kiarostami, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s feature debut explores the fragile spaces between body and soul in the life of 14-year-old J, a gender-fluid kid in the Chicago suburbs confronted with the decision of whether to transition. Executive produced by Jane Campion, this striking, evocative family drama uses unexpected textures and layered compositions to heighten the evolutionary rhythms of late childhood and the natural world.
Sylvia In The Waves (Dir: Giovana Olmos, 13 min.)
SAT | July 21 | DGA 2 | 6:30 PM
Director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
USA | 81 minutes | 2017
English/Farsi with English subtitles
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh received her BFA in film from Tehran University of Art and her MFA in Studio Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When the Kid was a Kid (2011, Iran), Needle (2013, US) and The Baron in the Trees (2015, US) form a trilogy of short films directed by her with children as main characters. Childhood and parenthood, family theater, and exploring notions of growth and gender identity are the main themes of these shorts and emerging from this work is They (2017, US), her first feature film.