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Director: Shahin Parhami
Theme: Art & Music
Amin Aghaie is a young modern nomad from the south of Iran. He has dedicated his life to preserving, documenting and teaching the unique musical tradition of his people, the Qashqai tribe, a tradition on the verge of extinction. Despite the fact that Amin’s family face steep financial and cultural obstacles, they are devoted to their art and culture and express that by supporting the work of their talented musician son.
Every summer, Amin travels to remote towns and villages to record the music of the surviving masters whose numbers decline each year. His nomadic family sell their meager belongings to help support their son’s education in performance and ethnomusicology at Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, but it is not enough. Amin, desperate to finish his academic education, sells his violins one at a time just to pay for his tuition.
Awards: Award of Excellence at Yamagata Documentary Film Festival in 2011; Asian Vision Award at Taiwan International Documentary 2010; Film Festival Special Distinction at Dubai International Film Festival in 2010; Nominated for Best Documentary, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, in 2011.