The White Meadows (Keshtzar Haye Sepid)
In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and to make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly “treating” the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof offers a deeply atmospheric and poetical film – a gorgeous allegory of intolerance and brutality that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.
The Interfaith Selection Committee in Memory of Lee Whiston