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Of Kings and Paintings

OF KINGS AND PAINTINGS is a history of the extraordinary art that was commissioned during the Qajar Dynasty (1785 - 1925). In interviews with historians and art experts, the film will explore this remarkable era in Iranian history that straddled the transition between tradition and modernity. By introducing prominent painters of Qajar era like Sani al-Mulk and Kamal al-Mulk, the film looks at the multiple ways in which the art evolved from using traditional Iranian painting elements to incorporating techniques of European painting. Qajar art is now gaining prominence all over the world with exhibitions in France at the Louvre, in Dubai and in the USA. While offering an overview of painters and paintings of Qajar era and its continued legacy, the film weaves together art history and Persian history, while taking a deep look at the art and culture of an era we know little about.

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Persian Calligraphy - Art, Beauty, Music & God

Unique for its beauty, Persian calligraphy is used to transcribe the Quran; artists incorporate it in their modern paintings and sculptures; musicians compose music to it, and master calligraphers consider their practice a form of meditation. The film “Persian Calligraphy - Art, Beauty, Music & God” will explore the history and many aspects of this ancient, multi-faceted writing system, still very much in use today.
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