The documentary feature film “The Burnt City” (Shahre Sukhte), produced and directed by Nasser Pooyesh, explores one of the historic wonders of Iran, indeed of the world. The Burnt City, located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, began to be inhabited more than 3,000 years B.C.E. The discovery is considered an archeological finding for the ages, and the film offers rare insight into its discovery and the civilization that inhabited it.
*Film is in Persian/Farsi with English subtitles. Screening will be followed by a Skype discussion with the director, in Persian/Farsi and live-translated to English.
This film is the second feature film by Nasser Pooyesh. His first film, “Alike Infatuation” has not been cleared for screening due to government auditing for the past five years. Nasser Pooyesh began his art career in 1990 as a film critic and editor in chief. He later worked as an assistant screenwriter and director to cinematographers such as Abbas Kiarostami and Amir Ghavidel. To date, he has made close to 150 documentary films about different cultural heritage sites as a director, writer, and producer. Nasser has also been active in the field of photography for over 30 years and has participated in many solo and group photo exhibitions inside Iran and abroad.
Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts