My Adventures with a Different Man, or Something Like That!

This film delves into the remarkable journey of an immigrant woman who, prompted by an invitation from her American male friend, a resilient survivor of a stroke at the age of over 70, takes a daring leap to craft a documentary film on this extraordinary voyage.

The man's motivation is for a romantic adventure in order to
attract the attention of a woman he fell in love with years ago.
The woman's motivation is to revive her career as a creative
artist that she has missed in the years after emigrating.
In this way, the difference in motivations of the two travelers
become the basis of a series of interpersonal moves and
maneuvers in their six weeks of journey.
A journey that not only introduces us to different places but
also to the complexities of the human psyche by getting
acquainted with the characters' stories.

  • Elahe Gol Pari
  • Elahe Gol Pari
  • Elahe Gol Pari
  • Charles Thompson Ellis
    Key Cast
  • Elahe Gol Pari
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Feature, Television, Other
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2024
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of, United States
  • Language:
    English, Persian
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Director Biography - Elahe Gol Pari

Elahe Gol Pari is a versatile cross-cultural documentarian based in Schenectady, New York, originally from Iran with a BA in Theater from Tehran University. With a rich background in the arts, she has authored over 100 Farsi scripts for television and radio, along with extensive experience in theater production, writing, acting, and directing. Elahe has also contributed as a freelance review writer for the BBC website, focusing on TV shows, and has created short videos highlighting cultural and artistic events. Currently, she is the founder of Voice of Utame and is actively involved in the production of three documentaries, including "My Adventure with a Different Man."

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Director Statement

As a storyteller, I was captivated by the character of Charlie, an adventurer, when I first encountered him in Tehran back in 2008. Our initial meeting transpired through a friendly chat, and I vividly recall accompanying him to the airport, alongside his tour leader. Little did I anticipate that over the span of 11 years, our paths would once again converge, this time in his homeland, where he had been transformed by the experience of surviving a stroke. It was a profound moment for me, and I felt an urgent need to capture his story before it slipped away.

Throughout this remarkable odyssey, I found myself assuming dual roles: that of a filmmaker, diligently observing and meticulously documenting this captivating narrative, and simultaneously, that of a compassionate friend, offering unwavering support and care as we navigated the labyrinth of his unpredictable emotions.
This distinctive vantage point significantly shaped the film's structure and narrative.
During the editing process, I uncovered the skill of weaving a dual journey, one external and the other internal, within the characters. This narrative unfolded in a gradual and enthralling rhythm, purposefully crafted to captivate the audience. In doing so, we offered viewers the opportunity for personal revelation and self-discovery, all while they absorbed knowledge and enjoyed the film. This approach underscored the profound concept that our hidden potential comes to light when we courageously pursue our passions. Ultimately, it also emphasized the importance of striking a balance between our dreams and the realities of life, an essential step in finding our unique path.
This extraordinary story possesses the potential to evolve into a three-episode feature documentary film, an engrossing TV series, and a series of Comic books.