International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Friday 6 November, 9:00 PM


Moon Sun Flower Game: A True Fairytale
Moon Sun Flower Game: A True Fairytale
Claus Strigel
Germany/Sweden/Iran, 2008, 90 min.
In Farsi, English and German, with English subtitles
Featuring: Forough Farokhzad, Hossein Mansouri, Ebrahim Golestan, Farzaneh Milani
Canadian Premiere

In 1962, the influential young Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad visited the residents of a north Iranian lepers' colony to make a film about their hardships, their determination and their hope. It was there that she met young Hossein Mansouri, featured in her internationally acclaimed documentary, The House is Black. Farrokhzad adopted Mansouri and, overnight, the boy was spirited away from the colony into the midsts of pre-revolutionary Tehranian bohemia.

Moon Sun Flower Game begins by revisiting the leper camp documented by Farrokhzad and observing the changes that have taken place in the 45 years since the filming of The House is Black. Strigel then travels to Munich to interview Mansouri and, through coincidence or fate, uncovers a story greater than any fiction, with direct ties to his own roots.

Director's Biography:
Claus Strigel

Born in Munich in 1955, Claus Strigel first started experimenting with Super 8 film at age 11. He studied psychology, pedagogy and communication at university, and, in 1976, co-founded DENKmal-Filmgesellschaft. He has since worked on over 50 films as director and writer.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors