Cine Club DXB will be hosting a screening of Dingomaro by Kamran Heidari on Thursday, 7th May at A4 Space in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai.
The documentary follows Hamid Saeed, one of Iran's best known musicians with African roots, and his dream to bring together black musicians in Iran for a big concert. A documentary about the Afro-Iranian music scene and the musicians behind it. I can't wait to see this.
The screening is at 7.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with Kamran Heidari’s gallerist Mojgan Endavi-Barbé of Mottahedan Projects. It's free entry, but get there early to get a seat, the cinema accomodates up to 70 people. You can RSVP on the event page on Facebook.
Director, 2013, 45mins
Since his Internet hit Bad Shans (hard luck), Hamid Said has become one of the most famous black musicians in Iran. He’s travelling by motorbike across the prov-ince of Hormozgan, which is situated in the South of the country on the Persian Gulf, in order to realise his dream—he wants to organise a concert with the best black musicians in the country.
Besides Persians, Indians, Arabs and Europeans, the province of Hormozgan—Iran’s “black south”—has been influenced primarily by the descendants of slaves and merchants from Africa. Although Shiites, they still hold Voodoo ceremonies just as their African ancestors did. And wakes in Hormozgan are more reminiscent of scenes from New Orleans, with the mourners dancing in an elated and joyous manner to black rhythms.
Filmmaker Kamran Heidari accompanies Hamid Said as he attempts to make his dream come true. He must overcome numerous hurdles along the way: Hormozgan’s landscape, which is as inhospitable as it is breathtaking—travelling from the coast over rugged mountains to the desert; the African spirit rites; and the resistance of his wife, who is completely against his plan.