Bleeding the Dream (working title) is a short film, in post-production, in collaboration with Sound artist Krista Dragomer. The film is partly based on a short story by acclaimed Iranian woman author Moniro Ravanipour.
Bleeding the Dream takes place within a small, unnamed southern town. The narrative of the film interweaves the real lives of the town’s inhabitants with myths, folk tales and superstitions, resulting in surreal and, at times, nightmarish worlds of strange and haunting visions and sounds, frightening creatures, and gruesome secrets. The story unfolds through the eyes of the only male character, invisible to the viewers, who is seeking out a remedy for his excruciating physical pain. He takes refuge with Maku, the elderly, shamanistic woman who lives at the edge of town. Her remedy is a bloodletting, accompanied by her torrent of stories explaining the strange sights and sounds surrounding him. This ushers him, paradoxically and unwillingly, closer to the truth behind his pain, and into even stranger, overlapping worlds, where several generations of women from the past and future live side by side.