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Glad that I came, not sorry to depart

Directed by Azam Masoumzadeh, 2020

Main Info

poetic VR & AR experience

Synopsis

Iranian astrologer and scientist Omar Khayyam wrote 1000 four-line verses, more than 1000 years ago. Artist Azam Masoumzadeh grew up with his verses and has made them her tools for a good and beautiful life.

In this animated VR experience, Azam creates a contemporary version of Omar Khayyam’s world, inspired by ancient Iranian miniature art. It is a world to the heart of Epicurus, pleasant and relaxing, that immerses you in 5 different scenes, each one inspired by a different poem.

The poems are told in voice-over, in Farsi, English or Dutch. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes full of humor. And although they are centuries old, they touch timeless themes: love, death, loss, religion, pleasure, happiness, mental wellbeing ... Khayyam’s age-old words are more recognizable than you think and show us a very different world view from Iran today than what media present us.

GLAD THAT I CAME, NOT SORRY TO DEPART is also an AR experience: when you scan the illustrations with the Artivive app, they come to live: the wind sets the trees in motion, birds fly by and music and poetry sing a duet. You hear the poems of Omar Khayyam in voice over, alternated with traditional Iranian music with a modern touch.

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Screening

18/03/2020 - چهارشنبه سوری // FIRE FEST // Chaharshanbe Suri (Gent, BR) - more info
22 - 29/02/2020 - Anima Festival (Brussels, BE) - tickets

Press

Interview Azam Masoumzadeh

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Press Kit

Credits

Concept & screenplay Azam Masoumzadeh

Creative technologist Wim Forceville

Illustrator Azam Masoumzadeh

Animators Wim Forceville, Willem Mertens

Farsi poems from The Rubáiyát Omar Khayyám

Poems interpreted to Dutch by Stijn Vranken

Poems interpreted to English Justin Huntly McCarthy

Producer Emmy Oost

Line producer An Oost

Original music Ehsan Yadollahi

Musician tar & sitar Ehsan Yadollahi

Additional instruments Stefan Bracke

Sound mix & production Stefan Bracke at Audiotheque studios

Assisting animator Rose Thys

Voice overs Stijn Vranken, Christopher Joseph, Azam Masoumzadeh

With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Literature

Awards

Special Mention Best VR Short Film Award at Anima festival

Selections

IDFA DocLab Academy 2018

Anima Festival 2020 World premiere