Mohsen Makhmalbaf brings to life Iranian carpets in Gabbeh (France, Iran/1996) – his movie about a nomadic tribe in Southeast Iran whose speciality is weaving Gabbeh. The movie will be screened at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium as part of ongoing Imperial Threads exhibition at MIA. The motifs of this ‘gabbeh’ relate to the love story of a young girl whose parents refuse to let her marry the man she loves. As the tribe starts a long journey across the steppe, the man follows on horseback far behind.
Makhmalbaf is one of the most influential filmmakers in today’s Iranian cinema world and some of his popular and award winning films include Salam Cinema, A Moment of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President. Kandahar was chosen as one of the top 100 best films in the history of cinema by ‘Time’ magazine.
Free, open to public. Tickets can be booked online or at the MIA DFI Ticket Outlet. April 27, 28 7.30pm. Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium, MIA, Corniche, www.dohafilminstitute.com.