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NAFiR: Musical Impressions of a New age Dervish

Nima Lavafpour is a traveling musician from Iran and shares a deep bond with India. On one such visit to India, he gets to rediscover a memoir after 8 years. This sparks an infectious wave of creativity in his life and others around...

A musical exploration, reminding us of an age-long spiritual and cultural bond between India and Iran. For those who are following open lines of Sufism outside and beyond any per-conceived doctrine of law, institutions or religion.

  • Roy Dipankar
  • Roy Dipankar
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Music Documentary, Poetry, Arts, World Cultures, Social Message, Sufism
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 25, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    DV Tape, HD
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  • 21st Kolkata International Film Festival
    Kolkata, India
    November 21, 2015
    Indian premiere
    Official Selection - Short and Doc
  • 14th Festival Film Dokumenter, Yogyakarta
    Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    December 9, 2015
    South Asian Premier
    Official Selection - Music et Docs
  • 17th Madurai International Film Festival
    Madurai, India
    December 10, 2015
    Official Selection - Documentary
  • Chennai International Documentary Film Festival
    February 16, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Southway Film Festival

    June 15, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Celebrate Bandra Film Festival
    November 16, 2016
    Breaking Ground
Director Biography - Roy Dipankar

Roy has been creating and managing content related to music and film since the last 12 years. He also curates film festivals and screenings throughout the year for independent cinema. After working in content development in advertising and for major and independent record labels, Roy wanted to use his experience and knowledge base to make films that would convey various stories that need to be told.

NAFiR was his debut directorial effort last year which is a short documentary film on sufi music that has been in the official selection at the 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, 17th Madurai International FIlm Festival and 14th Film Dokumenter Festival, Yogyakarta Indonesia and more. He is currently working on a feature film in development and feature documentary Extreme Nation, to be released shortly.

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Director Statement

The film has a narrative in two layers spanning two different timelines, viz. 2006 - 2014.

This film is dedicated to the lovely souls who are evidence to the age-long Indo-Persian brotherhood and friendship, that still very much persists in the urban landscape. NAFiR is also an effort in exploring the effect of time and it's impact on human lives and their transcendental spiritual states.

Made in 2007, on the 800th birth anniversary celebration of Sufi Mystic Poet Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi; this film could undergo post-production and completion only in 2015, once I could gather enough funds to revive the film.

Hopefully this film can bring in fruition to an international music exchange program bridging the nations of India and Iran who have, since ages, made a great cultural impact on a global stance.