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Hashti, in most traditional houses in Iran, is an octagonal space of distribution and circulation to direct the person towards the various parts of the house, the private (andarouni) and semi-public (birouni) reserved for the reception from abroad and the access to spaces of service. Based on the idea that Tehran itself represents a house, so to speak the inner circle of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the outskirts of the city become the space of transition between inside and outside, between urban and non-urban. Thus the film looks at urban developments in four very different areas in the outskirts of Tehran: the mountain of Tochal in the north, the area around the artificial Lake Chitgar in the west, the construction of social housing called Pardis Town in the far east, and the neighborhood Nafar Abad at the southern edges of the city.
Daniel Kötter, born in 1975 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, is a director and video artist whose work oscillates deliberately between different media and institutional contexts, combining techniques of structuralist film with documentary elements and experimental music theater. It has been shown in numerous galleries, video festivals, concert halls, and theaters all over the world.
Production: KAAF, Teheran; Daniel Kötter, Berlin
Screenplay: Daniel Kötter
Camera: Daniel Kötter
Cast: Sara Reyhani, Ramash Imanifard, Alireza Labeshka, Amoo Abbas
Running time: 59 min
Photo: © Daniel Kötter