Scene from the film One Image, Two Acts
Scene from the film One Image, Two Acts
Scene from the film One Image, Two Acts
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One Image, Two Acts

  • Canada
  • Germany
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One Image, Two Acts examines the photographic and film archives of British Petroleum during its operations in Iran, Iraq, and Kuwait to unravel BP’s widespread construction of cinemas in the oil towns of South-Western Iran. It follows the transformation of this emergent image economy in contouring the nationalization movement and the Iranian anticolonial cinema between 1950-1980 and traces the media infrastructures through which oil has operated as an agent of power in the colonial episteme.


  • Original title
    One Image, Two Acts
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Sanaz Sohrabi
  • Editing
    Sanaz Sohrabi
  • Music
    Jeremy Leon
  • Sound
    Chris Leon
  • Duration
    44 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
    • IndieLisboa International Film Festival
    • FICValdivia International Film Festival
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany
    • Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM),
    • International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires (FIDBA), Argentina
    • Iran International Documentary Film Festival Cinema Vérité
  • Awards
    • Best Short Film Award | IndieLisboa International Film Festival
    • Jury Award for Best Short Documentary | Mimesis Documentary Festival
    • Juror’s Award | Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Mid-lenght International Competition Main Award | Iran International Documentary Film Festival Cinema Vérité
    • Special Jury Mention | Valdivia International Film Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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