Copper Notes of a Dream
Director: Reza Farahmand | 78 min | 2019 | Iran, Canada
A remarkable, daring and highly original film about Children Power
Reza Farahmand’s acclaimed documentary, 'Women with Gunpowder Earrings', followed a female war correspondent who covered stories about Syrian and Iraqi women and children in the war against the ISIS terrorists.
That film stopped at the border between the countries.
'Copper Notes of a Dream' doesn't stop, but inserts itself into Jarmuk, a suburb of Damascus which has been the home of Palestinian refugees for decades.
Jarmuk once had 150,000 inhabitants. Today, after the mass exodus caused by heavy fighting, the invasion by ISIS and a famine, fewer than 200 people remain – according to unofficial information.
One of those people is 10-year-old Malook, whose dream is to become a singer. In order to scrape money together, Malook and his friends strip the copper lines out of the walls of empty buildings riddled with bulletholes and torn apart by rockets. The children write apologies for their theft on the walls, should the people who have fled ever return.
Among all the destruction and rubble and uncertainty about the future, Malook believes he can do whatever he puts his mind to. He and his 14-year-old sister are saving the money from the copper they sell to fund a concert in a wrecked stadium.
But with only a couple of hundred people left in the deserted streets of Jarmuk, who will the audience be?
Previous festival selections include:
Locarno Film Festival
Asia Pacific Screen Awards
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival