"Excellent": Educational Media Reviews Online
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO), a prominent open access database of critical media reviews, shares a thorough recommendation of Homa Film's latest documentary "Of Kings and Paintings" (dir. Sara Nodjoumi):
This video is an excellent introduction to Qajar art. There are voluminous examples of work shown, both in full and in close-up detail. The commentary is informative, without being too technical or overly scholarly.
Read the full review on EMRO.
"Outstanding": Video Librarian Reviews Of Kings and Paintings
Video Librarian, renowned as the number one resource for discovering films for libraries and classrooms, offers a "strong" recommendation for Homa Films' most recent film Of Kings and Paintings (dir. Sara Nodjoumi):
"An outstanding documentary that lavishly and informatively explores the evolution of palace art during Iran's Qajar Dynasty (1785-1925), "Of Kings and Paintings" puts things in an interesting historical context right from the start. Showing a 19th century map in which Iran, known at the time as Persia, is clearly squeezed between Russia and British-occupied India, the film underscores the importance of Persia sending signals that foreign occupiers and would-be colonizers should think twice about invading."
Read the full Of Kings and Paintings review on Video Librarian's official site.
The Met Presents Virtual "Of Kings and Paintings" Screening and Q&A
On November 12, 2020, the Department of Islamic Art
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art presented a virtual screening of Homa Films' documentary Of Kings and Paintings
. The screening took place as part of the Department of Islamic Art's "Islamic Art in Solitude" series, and shared with viewers the "lavish history of the extraordinary art" of the Qajar era:
In interviews with history and art experts in the field, the film explores this remarkable era in Iranian history that straddled tradition and modernity.
The screening was followed by a well-attended live Zoom Q&A with Professor Abbas Amanat (William Graham Sumner Professor of History: Director, Yale Program in Iranian Studies), Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar (curator, Islamic art), Dr. Layla Diba (independent scholar and Qajar Expert), Sara Nodjoumi (director), and Mehran Haghighi (producer). Watch the recording on The Met's Department of Islamic Art's page for the panel's insightful documentary commentary.
Of Kings and Paintings at the Iranian Film Festival
We are delighted to announce that Of Kings and Paintings
(directed by Sara Nodjoumi) is an official selection of Iranian Film Festival (IFF) - San Francisco
, running from Saturday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 20! Established in 2008, IFF annually showcases independent short and feature films to support Iranian cinema and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Stay tuned for more information about the 13th edition!
Homa Films Designer Sara Natelli Wins 2020 Indigo Design Awards
We are thrilled to announce that Sara Natelli, design director of Sara Natelli Design Boutique
, was named the recipient of two 2020 Indigo Design Awards for her work on Homa Films’ logo and brand identity.
Established in 2018, the Indigo Design Awards annually recognize excellence in digital design from independent designers and creative agencies from around the globe. For her design work for Homa Films, Natelli earned two awards in the Design for Social Change category: a Bronze Award in Logos and a Bronze Award in Branding.
Natelli’s rendition of the mythical Homa bird is amplified by simplistic yet striking linework. Of her design, the Indigo Design Awards noted
“Multiple ideas were explored to represent a calligraphic style and a color palette distinctly connected to deeply rooted traditions and cultural elements such as pomegranates, lapis lazuli, and the rich blues of the Caspian Sea.”
Check out the full list of 2020 Indigo Design Award recipients here
Of Kings and Paintings: Screening at Yale University
On Dec. 3, 2019, Homa Films’ Qajar art documentary Of Kings and Paintings screened at The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center
for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Directed by Sara Nodjoumi, the documentary has been lauded as a “valuable contribution to pedagogy through its analysis by the most influential historians and art historians of Qajar Iran.”
The screening was followed by a Q&A session by producer Mehran Haghighi and Dr. Abbas Amanat, a professor of history at Yale and one of the experts interviewed in the film.
Of Kings and Paintings, which has since been widely released, offers a chronological view of the Qajar Dynasty as it glimpses into the forces within and beyond its rulers’ courts. The film further explores the factors informing the artwork of the era by taking a magnifying glass to specific painters and paintings, many of which were previously inaccessible to the public. Iranian art scholar and independent curator Dr. Layla S. Diba, as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, also provide expert insight throughout the film.
Learn more about the documentary at the official Of Kings and Paintings site