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12/06/16

PEGAH: A Film by Javid Rezai


Pegah (2017) - Short, Drama
Director:
Javid Rezai
Running Time:
18 minutes
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Synopsis

The summer before university, Pegah, a shy girl from a traditional Iranian family, finds herself on the cusp of an illicit relationship with her British friends recently divorced father.


AFSANEH DEHROUYEH starring as Pegah

About the director:

25 year-old Javid Rezai is a British-Iranian director and screenwriter. His first narrative short, Another Life, premiered at the Festival Internacional  de Cine de Madrid in 2016. The film went on to be nominated for 15 awards globally.

What were the origins of the project?

I wanted to make an honest film that captured that vulnerable age when you're too young to be an adult, and too old to be a kid. Pegah encapsulates that moment in time. The character Pegah is an embodiment of so many different Iranian women and girls throughout my life. I had so many anecdotes from the my own summer before university, some really painful, and others incredibly funny. I started writing all these little stories from Pegah's perspective, and then connected them to create the narrative. A lot of what Pegah goes through, I also went through. Growing pains are commonplace- the aimlessness of that age, not knowing your place, making silly mistakes and so on. So much of yourself seeps into the script as you write, so the story was told with vehement honesty...

Why tell the story from an Iranian girls perspective?

I am proud to be Iranian. I have an Iranian family made up of mostly women, all of whom have inspired me in so many different ways.  I wanted a story with a fresh perspective, one we haven't seen in a while, and why not dig into my own roots and use the voices of these incredible Iranian women.

What were your cinematic references in making the movie?

There wasn't a particular film reference when making Pegah, however, there were many films that have inspired me to make more personal character stories. I've always loved coming of age films... Stand by Me and Mustang are two of my favourites. The heart of Pegah is a teen film in a lot of ways. I love teen films, and I think they're traditionally looked down upon and considered unsophisticated-but they're culturally significant and act as a snapshot of a certain period. I love The Heathers, Jawbreaker and Foxes, for example.

What reactions are you hoping for?

I hope young people relate to it, and see something of themselves in there somewhere. And I hope it takes older people back to that certain age and brings a sense of nostalgia-good or bad. And finally, I hope Iranian people connect to the story, whether they are inside or outside of Iran, and ultimately enjoy it.


written, directed and produced by
JAVID REZAI

AFSANEH DEHROUYEH
JAMES SCHLESINGER
with MIKAELA NEWTON

director of photography
WILLIAM HADLEY

editor and colourist
RAF CURTIS

sound design & composer
NATHAN NEUMAN
with music by ERFAN

first assistant director
AURELIE GONNAGE LIVERA

script supervisor
LUCY BARNES

script editor
RYAN J. BROWN

production assistants
LEANNE TOLE
ALICE CHILDERHOUSE

gaffers
HELIO RIBEIRO
ALEX MAGILL

sound recordist
MATTHEW STROYDE

camera assistant
ANDREEA GRUINIU

sound assistant
SAM DAVIS KENT

tech assistant
JOSHUA SCOTT

casting associate
FAYE TIMBY

translator
SARA SHEIKH-AKBARI

head runner
ADAM TINDALL

assistant runner
COURTNEY GAYLE

starring

AFSANEH DEHROUYEH as Pegah
JAMES SCHLESINGER
with MIKAELA NEWTON

BHRINA BACHE
SHIRAZ KHAN
ALLY COX
THOMAS HOLLOWAY
ROBERTA MORRIS
RYAN J. BROWN
and LUCY JAMES

Partygoers:
Pippa Marsh, Paige Wilson, Lenez Osmon, Sophie DuMont, Laurent Oliver, Abigail Johnston Hume, Emily Micallizi, Courtenay Grieveson, Leo Barnett, Bogdan Ponomari, Edward Jones

Music by
Nathan Neuman
All music performed and recorded by Nathan Neuman at Roundhouse Studios

Additional Tracks:
"Enekas"
Performed by Erfan
Courtesy of Paydar Entertainment and Radiojavan
2015

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