Gazing Through a Lens

Iran-Today (Passes), FILMS


Availability ended 6/1/2021 EST
This film explores a remarkable album of photographs created by Ali Khan Vali (1846–1902), long-time governor of the province of Azerbaijan in northwestern Iran and an avid photographer. The album is a unique collection of more than 1,400 photographs annotated with handwritten text across its 440 pages. Ali Khan Vali’s meticulous documentation of landscapes, settlements, historical monuments, and everyday life illuminates a critical era in Iranian history.


Directed by Azadeh Tajpour

Written by Azadeh Tajpour

Produced by Azadeh Tajpour

Cast Music by Bahar Royai
Narrated by Azadeh Tajpour and Afsaneh Najmabadi