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women of the plains

Nomadic is the oldest way of life which is still alive in some parts of the world, and it has been called the most scenic attraction in the age of technology. This film represents some of the hard work of nomad women in Iran which they repeat almost every day. Living in mountains and plains has increased these women's tolerance and made them strong against life's obstacles.

  • Manisa Hope
    Narges Haghighat
  • Manisa Hope
    Narges Haghighat
  • Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
  • Shooting Format:
    Paint on paper
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Concordia University
  • Fantasia Film Festival
    Montreal, Qubec, Canada
    July 31, 2015
  • Festival international du film ethnographique du Québec
    March 20, 2016
  • Festival international du film ethnographique du Québec
    Quebec City
    March 20, 2016
  • The International Animation Festival + Agora of the island of Syros
    Syros island
    September 24, 2015
  • 19th Edition of Cartoons on the Bay - International Cross-media and Children's Television Festival
    April 7, 2016
  • Edinburgh Iranian Festival
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    February 25, 2018
  • Chalon Tout Court festival's 8th edition
    Chalon Tout Court
  • Anim!Arte - International Student Animation Festival of Brazil

Director Biography - Manisa Hope

Manisa Hope (Narges Haghighat) is a Canadian-Iranian animation filmmaker who graduated from the Film Animation program, at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University in 2017. Later on, she was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts in Film Production program at the same school which she completed in 2023.
She holds a prior bachelor’s degree in computer software programming, and has two decades of experience in acrylic and oil painting techniques, as well as intricate colour pencil drawings.

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Director Statement

As an immigrant artist, I try hard to work on subjects that can speak both to me and to other people in my new society about the beauty that exists in every culture. Part of my filmmaking process is to find a way to make my animated films more understandable by the new society, and somehow to find a connection between two different cultures.
Each colour in my animated films represents a life. I make my short animated films by the paint on paper technique frame by frame to give a sense of movement to all over my artwork. I work hard to bring life to even the smallest dot of my film to show there is another lifestyle, culture, and tradition alive in another part of the world. It's really important for me to make people, who live beside me in my new home, familiar to even a small part of the infinite sea of my culture.
My films speak ,not only for me, but for people who live miles away, and would like to share their lifestyles, experiences, stories, points of view, emotions, and feelings with other societies. If a viewer even for a moment feels the life in my artwork, then I have succeeded in my work.