Root Canal

Root Canal – 2012, B&W, 60 min
A film by Samira Eskandarfar

A young girl who has just started a serious relationship tries to review her relationship in dialogue with a woman with extensive experience of relationships and another girl who has lost both her legs. In the course of these dialogues, all three women discuss their experiences, sentiments and opinions on life, love, marriage and death and find a new understanding of themselves and of the world.

Samira Eskandarfar, an Iranian video artist and painter, has focused on the inner lives of three women. In her first feature film, “Root Canal”, she has depicted these women’s relationships in an abstract world. Questions of rules and regulations that femininity has imposed on them set forth all the paradoxes that their inner and outer lives have created within. It is an expression of duality regarding what these women want and what others want from them. Death, femininity, body and loss are topics that bring these women together with a sound correlation. Sometimes they are combined, sometimes they become one, and sometimes they are cut loose from one another – as if they are all pieces from a body that in an imaginary world have parted from each other. The world which the movie builds is in a no-where that is sometimes very realistic and sometimes too surrealistic, but soon the viewer finds connections and sympathy with the female characters, their thoughts, feelings and memories. Eskandarfar’s experimental structure, besides the impressing images and powerful compositions, creates a courageous personal language which can strongly influence the audience, not just women, but also men.

Monday, November 19, 2012 – 9-10 PM


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