Cinema Conversación: Rah Eleh – Dear Sister
The documentary is about five sisters that reunite in Istanbul after 27 years. The personal and political merge together while the conversations of these long-time separated sisters reflect on the past and memory: war, life in exile, immigration, femininity, and activism are topics unravelled in this sensitive cinematic encounter.
The screening is followed by an open discussion with director Rah Eleh.
About Rah Eleh
In her work, Rah Eleh focuses on and critiques the visual stereotypes and performative aspects that shape female gender identity and Iranian ethnic identity. She questions while also attempts to assert gender and cultural identity from a Canadian-Iranian, diasporic perspective.
Rah Eleh is interested in how race and gender are in perpetual performance in both the eastern and western world. Fantasy shifts into the spotlight, be it the fantasy of the viewer or her own. These characteristics of her work confront the viewer but also invite them to be visual anthropologists as they reflect on their relationships with the racialized female body.
Furthermore, she also highlights the challenges that an expatriate may encounter and the space that is defined as home in a diasporic context.
Dear Sister works with these premises as well providing an intimate view on the struggles of five sisters in the context of gender and cultural identity.