THERE IS A GARDEN
In order to control the population, the dictatorship of Iran has done its best to destroy the memories and imagination of its people. Using animation and images, filmmaker and Ex-political prisoner, Masoud Raouf shows us how step by step the visual landscape along with art and culture were subverted and replaced as means to install the government’s theocracy. As an act of restoring the human map, Raouf shares his stories based on his experiences and memories of pre and post revolution Iran while living in exile.
Director : Masoud Raouf
Year : 2014
Genre : Animation / Documentary
Length : Short
Runtime : 30mins
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer: Masoud Raouf
Film production and Sales : Masoud Raouf, Ciné 3 Productions
Screenplay: Masoud Raouf, Robin Gorn
Cinematographer: Masoud Raouf
Editor: Arian Aryan
Music: Claude Maheu, Michel Reinhart
Originally from Iran where he studied painting, Masoud Raouf has lived in Canada since 1988. After studying in the animation program at Ontario’s Sheridan College, he produced and directed a number of animated shorts and public service announcements. He has also taught the art of animation in a number of institutions like Concordia University and Canada College.
In 2002, he directed a film for the National Film Board of Canada, the documentary
The Tree that Remembers, in which he tries to understand what led to the suicide of an Iranian student who was living in Canada as a refugee. The film won the Silver Award for Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Social Documentary at Yorkton and the Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.
In 2003, he produced completed Blue Like a Gunshot. This film won the 2004 Jutra for the best short animation in Quebec, as well as winning best animation prizes at the Moondance and Vermont International Film Festivals in the same year. It has also been screened in the opening nights of several major film festivals including the Montreal World Film Festival and Toronto’s Worldwide Short Film Festival.
In 2005 he produced and directed Waves at Birth, . The film won an award for the best short animation at the Vermont International Film Festival (2007) and was screened in the opening night of whitehead International Film festival (2007)
Presently, Masoud Raouf is head of Fighting Marginalization Group teaching documentary film making skills to young people in marginal neighborhoods of Montreal.
2014 The Montreal World Film Festival