Beyond Words - 2003

Directed by Jahanshah Ardalan

Filmmaker Jahanshah Ardalan travels to Iranian Kurdistan to better understand his family's 1,000 years of documented history in the province. He soon gains permission to observe and capture on video the ceremonies of the Ghaderi Dervishes who reside in one of Kurdistan's oldest towns.

Color, 39 minutes, English/Kurdish

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Cast


All People Featured As Themselves
Jahanshah Ardalan Narrator
Stephen Scott Khalifa's Voice Over

Crew


Writer Jahanshah Ardalan
Director
Jahanshah Ardalan
Producer Jahanshah Ardalan
Director of Photography Jahanshah Ardalan
Nosratollah Ardalan
Mahmoud Karimi Hakak
Editor Jahanshah Ardalan

Pictures


Ardalan returns to Iran for the first time since the revolution, he shoots 'Beyond Words' over an eight-year period.

Ardalan returns to Iran for the first time since the revolution, he shoots "Beyond Words" over an eight-year period.

Ardalan first stop is his birthplace of Tehran, Azadi Square is as it was before.

Ardalan first stop is his birthplace of Tehran, Azadi Square is as it was before.

The bus to Kurdistan has seen better days.

The bus to Kurdistan has seen better days.

The Khalifa explains what is witnessed by Ardalan and his video camera.

The Khalifa explains what is witnessed by Ardalan and his video camera.

Dafts played in unison help keep the rhythm of the ceremony.

Dafts played in unison help keep the rhythm of the ceremony.

Eating razor blades as a 'delicacy' once the trance is achieved.

Eating razor blades as a "delicacy" once the trance is achieved.

Self-flagellation before God.

Self-flagellation before God.

Chanting in unison.

Chanting in unison.

After motion, stillness.

After motion, stillness.

Leaving the dervishes for the last time.

Leaving the dervishes for the last time.

DVD


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