Oh, Protector of the Gazelle

Parviz Kimiavi
26 minutes


A masterpiece of the history of documentary cinema.The film, which was shelved for many years, focuses on men and women visiting the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shiite Imam, in the city of Mashhad in the northeast of Iran. Will the life of the believers change at the end of the day? According to a legend, people call Imam Reza the Guardian of Deer. It is said that Imam Reza once protected a deer chased by a hunter. "There is the religious belief which leads the human beings to the shrine. All that I do is to show the space between the hands of the believers and the shrine. The symbolism in my film is rooted in reality. All the human beings and things in the film are real, nothing has been arranged."