Ever since the earthquake of December 2003, Bam in Southern Iran is nothing but rubble and ruin. Not only have its walls crumbled, exposing kitchens and courtyards, the hearts of its people too, appear to have fallen open. Like a ghost, the camera drifts through the town, recording the everyday events of Bam’s inhabitants and picking up the intimate, inner conversations they have with their dear departed. In doing so, the film also touches upon the relationship between men and women in Iran and their relationship to God. Above all, ‘Voices of Bam’ is an ode to the indefatigable life-force embodied by the people of this town. The film is inspired by photographs that were recovered from the town’s debris…the only tangible mementoes left of life before the earthquake.
After it’s premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 2006) it travelled the world to many film festivals. It was awarded at Tribeca Film Festival NYC with the Special Jury Prize, Prix du jury interréligieux at Vision du Réel Nyon, Dokfest Kosovo Best Feature, CPHdox Special Mention, Best Film at Bucharest Int Filmfest 2007. Also nominated for best sounddesign at the Netherlands Film Festival for its originally used ‘monoloque interieur’.