Over the weekend, Politiken newspaper successfully reached Vahid, who is now hiding in Iran. “He laid there with some other young boys who had been killed. “Vahid couldn’t take care of himself and take care of his brother.They didn’t have the network that’s needed to have a life in Afghanistan.Saffary’s heroine, Ghazal (well-known Iranian actress Mahnaz Afshar), returns from a sonogram to find her husband Farhad missing and her apartment ransacked.
Shortly after arrival in the Afghan capital, the two brothers were robbed of all their money.Rape, beatings and dark hints of biological weaponry supply a life-and-death context for her desperation, while an overwhelming sense of disorientation affects both protagonist and viewer.Like “Disorder,” Huang Weikai’s documentary compilation of Chinese metropolitan meltdowns, “Heaven” is starting out as a strictly underground affair, but further festival and museum screenings could change that.The Danish authorities bear the responsibility for this going so wrongly, therefore it should also be their responsibility to get [Vahid] back,” she told Politiken.The sensational finds of mummified remains of ancient miners in the opencast salt mine of Douzlakh (Figure 1) have been attracting scientific and scholarly interest since their discovery in 1994 (RCCCR 1998; Aali 2005; Shokouhi 2005; Vatandoust & Hadian-Dehkordi 2005).
An apocalyptic vision of Iran, Abolfazl Saffary’s “From Tehran to Heaven” proves as visually compelling as it is shockingly unexpected.