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The Tree That Remembers

The Tree That Remembers

| 50 min

In 1992 a young Iranian student hanged himself on the outskirts of a small Ontario town. Having escaped the Ayatollah's regime and found a new home in Canada, he could not escape his past. In this film, Masoud Raouf documents the experiences of Iranian-Canadians - former political prisoners like himself - who were active in the Iranian democratic movement and continue to struggle with the past.

For more background information about this film, please visit the blog.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • director
    Masoud Raouf
  • animator
    Masoud Raouf
  • director of photography
    Ali Reggab
  • assistant cinematographer
    Marcus von Holtzendorff
    Lorenzo Negri
    Eric Bensoussan
    Martin F. Leblanc
    Hrair Abdalian
  • sound recording
    Diane Carrière
    Marco Fania
  • picture editor
    Yurij Luhovy
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
  • original music
    Eric Lemoyne
    Mark Goodwin
  • cello
    Carla Antoun
  • ney
    Michel Dubeau
  • percussion
    Robert Harris
  • vocals
    Isabelle Rajotte
  • music mixing
    Simon Pressey
  • on-line technician
    Denis Pilon
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • digital editing technician
    Chaz Oliver
    Phyllis Lewis
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Patrick Viegas
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
  • title design
    Louise Overy
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • archival research
    Colette Lebeuf
  • additional editing
    Oana Suteu
  • transcription
    Susan Panneton
  • consultant
    Anna Fuerstenberg
  • researcher
    André Surprenant
    Marie Surprenant
  • post-production coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
    Linda Payette
  • production clerk
    Christine Williams
  • program administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
  • production consultant
    Alec MacLeod
  • associate producer
    Ravida Din
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner


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Ages 16 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

After viewing and research, have students of drama, writing, contemporary society, and history create poetry, performance, or multi-media presentations on themes of revolution, immigration, activism, and loss. Have students of film and media studies study techniques for effective political storytelling, and the power of documentary film to effect change. Students of Middle Eastern Studies can explore the history of Iran and contrast it with contemporary Middle Eastern political events.

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