Films @ IFFI 52 l The Sun Of That Moon

In silence, you fall in love: Setareh Eskandari, Director of IFFI 52 World Panorama Film “The Sun of that Moon”
By: Amit KumaR Agarwal

The agony of a widowed woman which leads her to decide to keep silent and not speak anymore. The re-entry of her childhood playmate which rekindles the candle of love in her wounded heart. Balochi film The Sun of that Moon by debut Iranian director Setareh Eskandari offers film lovers an immersive pathway into the tumultuous inner world of Beeban and the orthodox society for which the pursuit of her childhood love is but forbidden.

The film had its World Premiere at the ongoing 52nd International Film Festival of India. The film, set in the South-eastern Iranian provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, has been presented to film lovers in the World Panorama section of the festival. 

Through Beeban, the Director wishes to show the outside world the ordinary life of Iran’s women and the less-known culture of its people. Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the festival yesterday, November 25, 2021, the Director threw light on the funnel of inspiration which drove her to make the movie. “Beeban’s love grows and falls in silence, for fear of the existing socio-cultural ethos and tradition.

Being a widow, Beeban can’t be with her childhood love as per the prevailing socio-cultural norms and practices. The film picturizes the true story of women in Baluchistan region, which is not properly reflected in the media. I hope my film will bring freedom and rights for these women.”

Eskandari spoke of the timeless need to remember the tragically forgotten life elements of love and silence. “The world that we live in is full of violence and hatred. We have all forgotten the silence and love. Through my film, I want to showcase the power of love and project the rights and freedom of women.”