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| 4 min

“Deyzangeroo” is a ritual performed in the Iranian port city of Bushehr. Influenced by the city’s colonial rule by the British and Portuguese, and the African slaves that followed, it is imbued with the terror and magic of the lunar eclipse. The ritual is believed to ward off evil spirits and take back the moon. It works every time. Directed by Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Ehsan Gharib, this animated short features hand-painted animation, time-lapse photography, trick photography using mirrors, and the haunting music of virtuoso percussionist Habib Meftah Boushehri.

  • director
    Ehsan Gharib
  • music
    Habib Meftah Boushehri
  • voice
    Habib Meftah Boushehri
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley assistant
    Thomas Garant
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • technical coordination
    Candice Desormeaux
  • technical direction
    Éloi Champagne
  • technical animation coordinator
    Randall Finnerty
  • administration
    Victoire-Émilie Bessette
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Dominique Forget
    Stéphanie Lalonde
  • marketing
    Geneviève Bérard
  • producer
    Maral Mohammadian
  • executive producer
    Michael Fukushima


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Ages 13 to 18

Arts Education - Art
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
History - World History
Media Education - Film Animation

Animated short film about deyzangeroo, a syncretic Iranian ritual with roots in colonialism and the African diaspora. Applicable for research projects, essays or class discussions about colonialism, Iranian history, plurality, and post-colonial art. List the ways sound, images, and animation techniques intertwine and work together in the film. What thoughts and feelings does the film evoke for you? Look up syncretism; what role does syncretism play in deyzangeroo and in the film itself? Discuss the relationship between cultural reappropriation, colonialism, and cultural blending in the deyzangeroo ritual. Can these influences be separated? Using the film as a jumping off point, think about which aspects, rituals, or traditions in your life are born from a melding of different cultures. Share them with your classmates.

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