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Nadalian: River Art

An interview by John K. GRANDE

Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations. more

 

Nadalian in Green Museum

By carving simple fish shapes and other forms onto small stones and river rocks, artist Ahmad Nadalian seeks to repopulate the spirit of neglected streams and rivers in his native Iran and around the world and share these treasures with future generations.  more

 

Utne Magazine May-June 2006  USA

Ahmad Nadalian
[Iran]

A human who loves stones and water, Ahmad Nadalian moves like a fish transgressing international borders. 
 More

 

About Ahmad Nadalian

By Professor  Robert C. Morgan
 

"I was so impressed with your concept, working at low tide in the early mornings to carve signs that during the day would be concealed.  It calls into question so much about time, history, language, meaning, and sculpture." More

 

About Ahmad Nadalian

By : Edward Lucie-Smith
 

In Iran, Ahmad Nadalian (b.1963) is in the process of creating an immense River Art installation along the banks and amidst the waters of the Haraz River, near Mount Damavend More

 



Art Tomorrow

 

Works by Nadalian in USA

 

Hidden Treasures

Works in Other Countries

 

Works by Nadalian in Bangladesh

 

Works by Nadalian in Uzbekistan

 

Collaboration with Children

 

Works in Paris

 

L'Eau Partagee: Work in South of France )

 

Hidden Treasures: An Art Exhibition for next Millenniums  Persian

 

L'Eau Partagee: Work in South of France )

Artists at Paradise International Center

 

Travel to France : Exhibition & Works by Nadalian in Ramatuelle- Golfe de Saint Tropez in France  (From Escalet to Pampelonne)

 

Works In Italy

 

Works In Germany

 

 


 


A Documentary Film:  The River Still Has Fish

 

Script Writer,  Director, Film & Sound Editor :
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Producer : Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Camera : Mohsen Nazari

Sound :  Farokh Fadaee

Original Music: Ramin Behna

Assistant Director : Mehdi Sajadi

Assistant  Editor : Vahid Shafigh

Still photographers :   M. Nazari & A. Nadalian

With : Ahmad  Nadalian

          Taybeh Dehghan

          Sakineh Zolfaghari

          Behzad Nadalian

           Zohreh Panahi

DV.Cam. ,  42  minutes.
Production year: 2002


 

 

 

 

 

 

A Documentary Film:
The River Still Has Fish:

 

 

Camera:  Mohsen  Nazari Khakshour
 

Filmmaker and member of Iranian Society of Documentary Filmmakers was born in Tehran in 1966
 

 

He graduated in filmmaking from University of Iranian Television (IRIB) in 1993, with specialization in cinematography.

He has participated in film productions from the early stages of his university studies.

His first film is the documentary, Lights and Shadows  produced in 1993. His primary interest is making of social documentaries and ethnographic films. He directed four parts of the series for Iranian Television Channel 2 titled, Stories of Art ,  in 1996 on making of Iranian handicrafts. He has extensive professional experience in industrial films, and has collaborated with renowned Iranian filmmakers like Kamran Shirdel and Parviz Kimiavi, and has worked for foreign productions, such as Germany's ZDF and US's PBS.  His last  film, produced in 2001, titled Omia won the top documentary prize at Young Cinema's 18th annual film festival.

 

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فيلمساز و عضو انجمن مستند سازان سينماي ايران

متولد : تهران     سال 1345

فارغ التحصيل از دانشكده صدا و سيما با گرايش فيلمسازي ـ شاخه تخصصي فيلمبرداري در سال 1372 .

آغاز فعاليت حرفه اي از سال 1368 همزمان با تحصيل در دانشكده با مشاركت در توليد فيلمهاي سينمايي و مستند .

آغاز فعاليت كارگرداني فيلمهاي مستند با ساختن فيلم «نورها و سايه ها» در سال 1372 و ادامه فعاليت فيلمسازي با كارگرداني دو قسمت از سريال مستند «كودكان سرزمين ايران» و قسمتهايي از سريال مستند « داستانهاي هنر» در سالهاي 1376 تا 1374 .

بيشترين علاقه و تمركز در توليد فيلمهاي مستند اجتماعي با زمينه فرهنگ عامه و همچنين ساخت فيلمهاي مستند صنعتي و همچنين همكاري مستمر با ديگر فيلمسازان ايراني بعنوان فيلمبردار و عكاس از جمله آقايان : كامران شيردل پرويز كيمياوي ناصر تقوايي و و همكاري با فيلمسازان شبكه هاي تلويزيوني خارجي از قبيل ZDF آلمان - PBS آمريكا در زمينه توليد فيلم هاي مستند و گزارشي .

برنده بهترين فيلم مستند بخش الف  از هجدهمين جشنواره بين المللي سينماي جوان براي كارگرداني فيلم مستند «اميا» در سال 1380.

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:  

Yesterday the river was alive.  Roaring, pure and full of fish. But today the river is only a narrow brook without fish, that only contain corpses of dead animals and sewage from surrounding houses and shops. In this situation, an artist (Dr. Ahmad Nadalian) by carving images of fish on the stones of the river-bed, keeps alive the memory of water and fish.

خلاصه داستان:                                                           

   ديروز رودخانه زنده ‌بود. خروشان وپاكيزه وپرازماهي. امروز اما رودخانه باريكه آبي ‌است بدون ماهي كه تنها لاشه‌ي حيوانات مرده و فاضلاب منازل و مغازه‌هاي اطراف را درخود دارد. دراين شرايط يك هنرمندِ نقاش (دكتر احمدنادعليان) با حك‌كردن نقشِ ماهي برسنگ‌هاي بسترِرودخانه, خاطره‌ي آب و ماهي را زنده نگه‌مي‌دارد.

 

Director: Mojtaba  Mirtahmasb

    

Director's View    

Born in 1971 in the city of Kerman (Iran).

Education:  Diploma of Arts in Architecture,  Kerman.
Bachelor of Arts in Handicrafts, 1995, Art  University in Tehran .

Title of  Dissertation:  Artistic Manifestations of Islamic Culture in the Mourning Instruments of Moharram.

Filmmaking Activities:  Since 1990 as assistant director and assistant sound recordist mostly in documentary filmmaking.

Member of the Association of Iranian Sound Recordists.
Member of  the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association.

Activities as script writer and director:

1 - Banner (documentary), The Children of Iran series, 1996, 16mm, 25min.
- Making 8 parts of Stories of Art series, 1996-97, introduction of Iranian youths handicrafts:

2        - My Father Was A Calico Maker, 30min. (award winner in technical/professional category, the 27th Roshd Film Festival, 1997)                         

3        - Mina, 31min.

4        - Water & Mirror, 25min.

5        - Hasanbodo, 29 min.

6        - Kashi-e Van Yakad, 28min.

7        - Smell of Rose, 25min.

8        - Patteh, 31 min.

9        - Copper Fish, 24min.

10 - Story of Khorramshahr (video clip), spring 1997 (winner for best video clip in the 7th  Sacred Defense Film Festival, 1998)                       

11 - Motherland (video clip) summer 1997

12 - Stars (video clip) fall 1997

13 - The First Presence (documentary short film), 1999 for UNICEF, 5min.

14 - Stamps (documentary short film), 2000, 52min. 

15 – The River Still Has Fish (documentary),  2002,  42 min. (and Producer)

 

Activities as assistant director:

1 - Channel 1 of IRIB, 1990-95 working in several TV programs and documentaries.

2 - Shahid Rajaee Electrical Power Plant (documentary), directed by Ebrahim Mokhtari, 1990

3 - Iran Is My Home (feature film), directed by Parviz Kimiavi, 1998

4 - Blackboard (feature film), directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, 1999

5 - The Day I Became A Woman (feature film), directed by Marzieh Meshkini, 2000

6 - Kandahar (feature film), directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2001

 

Activities as sound recordist:

1 - Bazi-e-Bozorgan (feature film), directed by Kambozia Partovi, 1991 (asst. sound recordist)

2 - Salaam Cinema (feature film), directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1994 (asst. sound recordist)

3 - Godar landar Dam (documentary), directed by Ebrahim Mokhtari, 1993-94 (sound recordist)

4 - Gabbeh (feature film) directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995 (sound recordist)

5 – Wind, Ruined the School (short film), directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995 (sound recordist)

6 - The Old Man & the Earth (short film), directed by Ata-ollah Salmanian, 1996 (sound recordist)

7 - Apple, Salt, Grapes (documentary), directed by Arman Najm, 1997 (sound recordist)

8 - Milikan (short film), directed by Minoo Kiani, 1997, (co-sound recordist)

9 - Setareh Dream (short film), directed by Bahram Azimpour, 1998 (sound recordist & cameraman)

10- Zinat, One Special Day (documentary), directed by Ebrahim Mokhtari 1999 (sound editor)

11- How Samira Made the Blackboard (documentary), directed by Maysam Makhmalbaf, 2000 (sound editor)

12 – The Afghan Alphabet (documentary), directed by Mohsen  Makhmalbaf, 2001 (sound editor)

Music of  Film

Original music :  Ramin Behna

 

رامين بهنا

متولد سال 1348 در تهران.

آموزش موسيقي را از 7 سالگي نزد خانم خديجه بهبود آغاز كرد.

هارموني ، كنترپوان و آهنگ سازي را نزد دكتر مهران روحاني فرا گرفت.

سپس به دانشگاه وارد شد و زير نظر اساتيدي چون دكتر حسن رياحي، فرهاد فخرالديني ، رافائل ميناسكانيانس آموزش ديده و فارغ التحصيل شد.

آهنگ سازي فيلم را از سال 1372 براي چند مجموعه تلويزيوني آغاز كرد و تاكنون چندين موسيقي فيلم و سريال ساخته كه تعدادي از آنها عبارتند از :

مجموعه مستند داستانهاي هنر  ساخته محتبي مير تهماسب .

فيلم سينمائي كمكم كن و نسل سوخته ساخته رسول ملاقلي پور .

مجموعه تلويزيوني تنگنا ساخته نادر مقدس .

مجموعه تلويزيوني قصه رودخانه ساخته كمال تبريزي.

مجموعه تلويزيوني خاطرات طويل ساخته فريدون حسن پور .

رامين بهنا از بنيان گذاران گروه موسيقي آويژه است كه اين گروه در جشنواره مهر موسيقي سال 1377 جايزه ويژه را به خود اختصاص داد.

او در حال حاضر سرپرست گروه موسيقي راز شب نيز ميباشد.

 

  نامه سرگشاده

"The River Still Has Fish"  

A Documentary Film:  Director : Mojtaba Mirtahmasb