Screening of Documentary IRAN’S ARROW.
Screening of Documentary IRAN’S ARROW
The Rise and Fall of Paykan
a film by Shahin Amin and Sohrab Daryabandari
Screening Presented by Vikalp Bengaluru
A documentary about the Paykan – Iran’s equivalent to the Indian Ambassador car.
Linked with Iran’s major historical and sociological landmarks, such as the White Revolution (1963), the Islamic Revolution (1979), the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and social economic mutations of the post-war era, the car has become synonymous with Iran.
Iran’s Arrow is a 78 minutes film about a British car that was introduced to Iran in 1967. It was produced for 38 years. It can be seen in the streets of Iran today. The film shows the impact this car had on the Iranian’s society and the impact the Iranian society had on this car.
On the spring of 1967 when the first Paykan rolled off the assembly line on the outskirt of Tehran, no one thought this car could be produced for 38 years or could have such an impact on a whole nation. Iran’s Arrow (Persian Title: In Paykan) features numerous talking heads who share a common interest for the country’s emblematic car, ranging from historical to sociological analyses, from technical to artistic expertise and from sheer passion to a complicated love-hate relationship. It uses rare archive footage, as well as a large collection of vintage photos, to document the history of Paykan, the way it’s been perceived throughout the years, and its links with Iran’s major historical and sociological landmarks, such as the white revolution, the
industrialization, the rise of the middle class, the revolution, the war, and the economic and social mutations of the post-war era. Older Paykan owners – including official and unofficial taxi drivers- testify of the fundamental role it played and still plays in their everyday life, as a means of transport, a source of income, and sometimes an achievement in itself. A number of Paykan enthusiasts, most of them from the younger generation, are being interviewed about their very special relationship with the car they grew up with. The film also documents the decline of the Paykan, while showing how it is still very much alive in the culture and memory of the country, notably through interviews with artists who use Paykan as the medium or the subject of their art.
The filmmakers will join for a post screening phone chat.
Duration: 78 minutes
Screening of Documentary on Thursday | 23rd February 2017 | 7:00 PM
1. Kenchappa Road,
opp. Bangalore East Railway Station
Bengaluru 560 005.
Directions to the Venue: https://goo.gl/maps/XKaypNJm2np