A Revolution On Canvas

Filmmakers Sara Nodjoumi & Till Schauder IN PERSON for Q&A after the 3:10 PM screening on Sunday, December 10!

Co-presented by Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

In this hybrid political thriller and verité portrait documentary, Sara Nodjoumi, working with co-director and husband, Till Schauder, makes her directorial debut with this personal film, diving into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of more than 100 “treasonous” paintings by her father, seminal Iranian modern artist Nickzad “Nicky” Nodjoumi. (Tribeca Film Festival)

Born in Iran but living in New York City, Nodjoumi traveled back to Iran to join the Islamic Revolution, making paintings and posters criticizing the Shah’s regime. In1980, the painter fled his home country following the vandalization of his solo exhibition, “Report on the Revolution,” and its subsequent shutdown by Islamic radicals at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Decades later, as Iran is once again embroiled in protests following the suppression and killing of Iranian women and activists at the hands of Iran’s “morality police”, the renowned artist and his daughter attempt to track down the missing paintings in hopes of reclaiming them.During the search, Sara, drawing on disarmingly frank conversations with both her father and mother, celebrated artist Nahid Hagigat, and grappling with complex feelings and mysteries tied to her own upbringing, traces a timeline of events to understand the circumstances that led to her homeland’s perpetual state of political turmoil and to her parents’ personal estrangement, echoing the treacherous path of many immigrant families caught in the crossfire of politics and life.

Equal parts introspective and investigative, filmmakers Sara Nodjoumi and Till Schauder expertly weave together the personal and political to tell a gripping political thriller that culminates in the soul searching of one family and a moving narrative about the power of art, sacrifice, and family bonds.

1h 35m
Sara Nodjoumi & Till Schauder
English and Farsi with English subtitles
First Showing
December 8, 2023
  • Assisted Listening