THE SPARROW IS FREE, 2021
                   14’ - Hi8 film                                                                                                                        


                        


Through a window into the life of the filmmaker's grandmother, Kohandel's short interview-film explores gender roles in early 20th-century Iran. As a young girl, marriage to her older cousin leads to years of control and frustration. Rebelling against her husband, she eventually relocates to France with her sons, building a new life. As she voices her own story, the film weaves her experiences together into a broader narrative of self-determination. She carves out her independence in suburban Paris and finds comfort in the everyday.  

A simple kind of happiness follows.

The Sparrow is Free.