Death and the Dragon

"Death and the dragon" shows how the mythical Persian story about the dragon (the evil creature who is responsible for drought in Iran throughout history) represents the cultural ideology and archetypes of the Iranian nation regarding the water crisis, the crisis which is still a major problem in the contemporary history of the capital of Iran (Tehran). There are similarities between the mythical dragon story and the history of the water crisis of Tehran: The water was polluted and killing in Tehran till the first decades of the 20th century, then some dams and refineries were built and opened to purify the drinking water, But mismanagement caused new problems. The dragon is returning back.

  • Amin Pakparvar
  • Amin Pakparvar
  • Arian Attarpour
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    میر و مار
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  • Runtime:
    40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Tehran university of art
  • 14th Cinema Verite (Iran international film festival)
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    December 20, 2020
    Iran premiere
    nominated for best research / honored as the third place of audience award
  • 50th Roshd Film festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    May 20, 2021
    Official selection
  • 17th Nahal film festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    June 20, 2021
    nominated for best documentary / Honorable mention by The independent association of Iranian documentary producers.
  • 17th annual picture of Iran
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    April 15, 2021
    Official selection
  • Tehran international short film festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    October 20, 2021
    Best documentary research award / Nominated for best documentary / nominated for best editing
  • OMID international student short film and photo festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    October 26, 2022
    Best Documentary / Best film concerning Tehran and tourism / Nominated for best editing
  • Cinema Verde
    United States
    October 20, 2021
    Honorable mention
Distribution Information
  • Mehraneh Salimian
    Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Director Biography - Amin Pakparvar

Born on February 8, 1998, Amin Pakparvar is an MA student in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He writes critical essays for film and cultural publications such as F News Magazine. After practicing for years, he made a short documentary film, Death and the Dragon (2020) which won the best research prize at the Oscar-qualified 38th Tehran Short Film Festival. Additionally, he was a Production Manager of the Iran-Germany Student Exchange Project in collaboration with the University of Babelsberg in Germany. As a filmmaker based in Chicago, his diasporic films reflect Iran's historical and cultural issues.

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