A Spark Of Hope In The Past

Due to the political and financial situation in Iran between the 1979 revolution and the present, many Iranians migrated to Western countries in recent decades. Officials estimated that in 2010 around four to five million Iranians were living abroad (primarily in North America and Europe). This short documentary portrays the last week of an Iranian couple in Tehran who were preparing to leave Iran permanently in 2009. The footage for this movie was taken in 2009 over four consecutive days without any intentions of using it in a film. Four years later, the artist found himself joining the millions of Iranians who left their home country, as he left Iran to study in Europe. Mehrvarz left the country from the same house depicted in the movie, a house in which he had once lived. The movie is almost without any dialogue, creating a viewing experience in which the visual narrative is primary.