TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian stage and screen director Bahram Beizaii said that he found the theme of "The Speaking Carpet", his short film on Iranian carpets, in Ferdowsi's epic the Shahnameh.
He talked about his film at the Iranian Artists Forum on February 18 during a program organized by the Iranian branch of the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA, International Animated Film Association).
"The Shahnameh is my teacher... It should be something to be proud of, and it should be reflected upon again and again because it is a source of insight. I discovered all the elements of 'The Speaking Carpet' in (the Speaking Tree of) the Shahnameh," Beizaii noted.
"The insight requires curiosity. If you gain the insight, you will attain a culture of which the Shahanameh is only one part," he explained.
Beizaii believes that Iranians have insufficient information on the Speaking Tree and carpets with such a pattern, which have not been woven for 70 years.
"The Speaking Tree, which is discussed in 'The Thousand and One Nights' and the Shahnameh, is a tree that predicts the future in the language of men and women twice a day," he said.
Beizaii's "The Speaking Carpet" is one episode of the documentary film "The Iranian Carpet", a joint production of 15 filmmakers produced by Reza Mirkarimi.
The documentary won the National Outlook Award of the 25th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in early February.
The award was established this year to be presented to a film promoting Iranian national themes.
"I hope people research the things discussed in my film. I also hope the film can open a door to a world we have forgotten. In this case, it will be more than a film," Beizaii said.
"The best comment on Iranian carpets is in the late Ali Hatami's film 'Kamalolmolk', where someone presents a carpet to Kamalolmolk and he says, 'We were traveling around the world, but forgot to look under our feet,'" he added.
"Indeed, we have forgotten to look under our feet while all our lost culture is perceptible in the carpet," he noted.
Iranian president of ASIFA Nureddin Zarrinkelk also delivered a lecture on Iranian cultural heritage being threatened by various people during the program.
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