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Intersections of image and power, reflexivity and co-creation, (in)visibility and social exclusion, preservation and destruction. Connecting visual culture, subjects’ agency and the power of institutions and states, these projects show artists engaging with problems of representation and documentary in real time.

Lowland is an intimate portrait of a community of undocumented migrant Afghan children, living and working as garbage collectors in the margins of Tehran. Over the course of five years, the two filmmakers, Sepideh and Aidin, documented their encounters with the children first as ethnographers and volunteer teachers, and later as filmmakers. The film is an assemblage of personal everyday stories and gestures shared by the children of the Lowland as powerful individuals rather than mere child workers.

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  • Runtime
    52 minutes
  • Country
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Director
    Aidin Halalzadeh and Sepideh Salarvand