Documentary — Honorable Mention
Farshid Tighehsaz/ Iran (ایران)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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My little family experienced two deaths of our family members that caused to change everything. Death of my younger brother, Farid, on 1992 and my father death on 2007. These two deaths imposed solitude and difficulty upon us. After my father’s death, my mom, my two sisters and I, experienced the feelings of loneliness in a patriarchal society, where the economy, power, social relatives highly depended on father. Loneliness has never been heartwarming. All the simple things in our lives gradually became more difficult and the loneliness grew greater. In 2008, almost one year after my father’s death, my country, Iran, went under the economic sanctions due to the nuclear energy issue. Like all the Iranians, these economic sanctions also affected our small family, as if the history of my family with the contemporary history of my country had crossed paths, and met in the intersection of agony. With each day passing and with the new sanctions, the economy of our small household was brought down to the lowest, and life had become harder due to Iran’s economic inflation. In fact, these strategic and power-seeking games of the statesmen, directly affected the society and the people of the country. Unfortunately, people had to pay a serious price for these games. It was after my father’s death, when, I realized the importance of photograph in life, and its perpetuating power in one’s memories. Then I wondered why I had not been more serious in photography. Why did not I have a good photo of my father? These questions and their emptiness will remain unanswered for me, but now, I have realized the importance of taking photographs. Now, I try to capture my personal moments as I treasure them. For the last few years, my family's photographs have been forming a project in my mind.Back to gallery