What will be your next film?
I’m working on an exciting project. I am filming one of the characters in Dingomaro, Gholam Zarei who dances in the stadium and Zār ceremonies. He is so called “Ahle Hava” (Air People) and have been captured by magical and mysterious wind Zār. They think there is air in their bodies, so they perform a ceremony to control the air in their bodies. I’ve been filming him for three years now. Last year I had long sessions of filming. This year I spent 4-5 months in the south filming. It’s a very exotic film because it’s about the Africans in the South who came to Iran 800 years ago from Zanzibar**. In my story my lead character, Gholam’s ancestors’ souls have come from Zanzibar. We have finished filming in Iran and we will be filming in Zanzibar. Gholam has never been in Zanzibar, and he likes to see how it is there. The story is more about the people who think that there a mysterious air have captyred their bodies; very similar to the famous book of the late Dr. Gholamhossein Saedi, “Ahle Hava” and Nasser Taghvai’s short documentary film, Wind of Jinn (Bade-jen). It is very similar to the magic realism of Africa and South America.
*ZĀR, harmful wind (bād) associated with spirit possession beliefs in southern coastal regions of Iran. In southern coastal regions of Iran such as Qeshm Island, people believe in the existence of winds that can be either vicious or peaceful, believer (Muslim) or non-believer (infidel). The latter are considered more dangerous than the former and zār belongs to this group of winds. Many varieties of zār are known, including Maturi, Šayḵ Šangar, Dingemāru, Omagāre, Bumaryom, Pepe, Bābur, Bibi, and Namrud (Sāʿedi, pp. 57; Interviews, 2007, 2009)….read more at Iranica http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/zar