Born in November 1991 in Tehran, Sahand Sarhaddi graduated in theatre and dramatic literature from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran in 2015. His artistic work focuses on integrating untold stories into history, photography, music, and literature.

He has held more than ten solo and group exhibitions of visual arts and has directed two short and feature films that have been screened in Iran, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Croatia, Switzerland, Greece, Egypt, and the United States. He was awarded the Berlinale Talents 2023 for his film “Fragments of a Revolution” (Sahneye Tarikh).

He joined the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA) in 2020 and is currently a member of its board of directors.

En 2024, he was laureat of the Pepinières Emergences Videos prize during the International Video Competition at the 2024 Videoformes festival for his work “Slaughter,” created in 2023.

Slaughter (Besmel), Sahand Sarhaddi, 2023, Irlande/Angleterre

This conceptual montage of audio and visual archives transforms a historical document into an allegorical and plastic manifesto that resurrects the spirit of the time.

The work explores the archives of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, depicting a symbolic narrative around the ritual of animal sacrifice, called “Besmel.”

An allegorical representation of national sacrifice amidst political transformations.


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