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Streaming video

Title Daf / directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Published [South Korea] : Jeonju International Film Festival, 2003


Description 1 online resource (video file (39 min.)) : sound, color
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary This simple but affecting documentary portrays a rural craftsman who makes a traditional Iranian percussion instrument called a daf. All able-bodied family members participate in the production, including a blind son, whom we see hitching a ride to market with his sister to purchase the sheep skins and wood planks used in the instrument's manufacture. A doctor visits the father's younger 3-1/2 year-old son, who has also lost his eyesight, and offers this advice 'Pray to God. Give to charity. Have ceremonies and have a dervish play the daf for him.' The greater part of the film focuses on the laborious work involved in the fabrication of daf and culminates in a rousing ritual for the ailing boy. The accomplished camera work takes advantage of the surrounding scenery and local color. Sensitive individuals are warned of a brief but graphic segment of sheep being slaughtered
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Event Recorded in Iran
Notes This edition in Persian (Farsi, Western) with English subtitles
Subject Ḍaph.
Ḍaph -- Construction -- Iran
Rites and ceremonies -- Iran
Rites and ceremonies.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Form Streaming video
Author Ghobadi, Bahman, film director.