History Bleeds Under Your Fingernails
An essay film about taming the left hand and the fear of being different. Left-handedness used to be seen as something suspicious – a trait suggesting a leaning toward criminality, stupidity and immoral behaviour. Azar Saiyar not only reminds us of such pedagogical atrocities, but lets us fall into a poetic flow of associations: from history inscribed in our bodies to a right to bodily self-determination.
Azar Saiyar is a Helsinki-based film-maker and visual artist. Often relying on archive material and playing with images and words of collective memory, she searches for ways of seeing, remembering and telling. Her films are shown at international film and media art festivals, galleries, exhibitions and museums. At the Silhouette Festival, her film Monument of Distance won the Prix du Jury Hybride in 2019.
Films by Azar Saiyar
My Home 2022 | Tell me 2019 | Monument of Distance 2018 | Hey You! 2017 | Catalogue Dialogue 2017 | History Bleeds Under Your Fingernails 2016 | Primus Tempus 2014 | Ring 2013 | Helsinki-Tehran 2013