Tambourine (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Careers, Music History, Slice of Life  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - Iran   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The title may be a misnomer: the object at the center of this short documentary by the acclaimed Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly) is not a tambourine per se but a daf, a Persian musical instrument made out of sheepskin somewhat similar to a tambourine, with the distinction of being played at birth and death ceremonies in Iran. In this film - a companion piece to Ghobadi's War is Over from the same year - Ghobadi travels into an Iranian hamlet not far from the Iraqi border, where patriarch Faegh and his massive family (including three wives and eleven children) make a living crafting dafs, but must contend with a sociocultural restriction which dictates that men can only play the instrument in groups of other men, and women can only play the instrument in groups of other women.




craftsmanship, Iran, musical-instrument, village