The short film titled “KAZHAL,” directed and written by Iranian artist Ali Azhari, a faculty member of the Film Design and Management Department at Arkin Creative Arts and Design University (ARUCAD), and shot at the university, was showcased at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.
Created with a team consisting of ARUCAD’s faculty members, students, and staff, utilising the university’s facilities and resources, the short film “KAZHAL” made its appearance at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. The film was screened as part of a special presentation entitled, “Brief Views of a Revolution.” Organised by the Iranian Independent Filmmakers Association, the screening took place in the festival’s main venue.
The film follows the story of Kazhal, an Iranian woman who moves to Cyprus in search of a more secure life. Prior to her arrival in Cyprus, Kazhal had participated in and been injured during protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, advocating for the end of discrimination against women and the improvement of their freedom and daily lives. From the wounds she carries, Kazhal brings forth a new life, as she is expecting a baby.
Who is Ali Azhari?
Ali Azhari, an Iranian filmmaker and cinematographer, has worked professionally in the field of screenplay writing and cinematography within the Iranian cinema. Azhari, who directed the film “KAZHAL,” focuses on interactive cinema and its aftermath in his research. He currently serves as a faculty member in the Film Design and Management Department at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design.