Finland / 2022
“A bee stung me on my finger. It happened yesterday in the yard of a kindergarten, even though I am not in kindergarten anymore.” Fragmented memories of childhood and adulthood blend together in a song that an unknown narrator is humming. Children are learning a new game in a sixties TV show. Someone is waiting in the hallway for permission to re-enter the classroom. Everything is set. Everything is nailed down.
Childhood is both hard to forget and to remember. There is a lack of words as we are still learning them—the way that words are put together and then validated. The film goes through various archives, both personal and public, from different times and from different moments of life. It tries to remember. These ingredients do not build a single coherent narrative, one pure argument, a continuously developing story of growth, nor a piece that is solely a person’s own. We know and remember things even if they have not happened to us.
Azar Saiyar is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist whose art has been shown at film and media art festivals such as DOK Leipzig, Uppsala SFF, IFF Message to Man, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, as well as in galleries, exhibitions, museums, and on television. She often uses archive materials and plays with images and words of our collective memory. This way she approaches ways of looking, speaking, remembering, and telling stories. She also does collaborative works with other artists.
Production Azar Saiyar. Production company bolbol (Helsinki, Finland). Written and directed by Azar Saiyar. Cinematography Joonas Kiviharju, Azar Saiyar. Editing Azar Saiyar. Sound design Kaino Wennerstrand. Sound Kaino Wennerstrand. Voice-over Kaino Wennerstrand. With Aran Saiyar, Dunja Saiyar.
World sales AV-arkki - The Centre for Finnish Media Art
2006: snowsandrainpaper (with Joonas Kiviharju, 22 min.). 2009: Helsinki-Tehran (22 min.). 2013: Ring (with Sini Liimatainen, 3 min.). 2014: Primus Tempus (5 min.). 2016: History Bleeds Under Your Fingernails (7 min.). 2017: Child and a Tea Glass (4 min.), Catalogue Dialogue (6 min.). 2018: Hey You! (7 min.), Monument of Distance (7 min.). 2019: Tell Me (8 min.). 2021: Laila’s Apple (8 min.), Roses (3 min.). 2022: Mun koti / My Home.