Firouzeh Khosrovani
Radiograph of a family
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Radiograph of a family

Radiograph of a family

Firouzeh Khosrovani

82 min.
Iran and Norway
Persian and French
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

A portrait of a family conflict that becomes an x-ray of the frictions of Iranian society from the Revolution in 1979 to the present day.


Firouzeh Khosrovani
Fabien Greenberg, Bård Kjøge Rønning (Antipode Films)
Rainy Pictures, Majid Barzegar, Firrouzeh Khosrovani
Janne Hjeltnes

The honest voice of director Firouzeh Khosrovani opens the documentary with an enigmatic statement: "My mother married a photo of my father." This is not a metaphor. Tayi literally married a portrait of Hossein in Tehran. Firouzeh’s father was studying radiology in Switzerland and her mother could not leave the country to go and live with him if they were not married.

The astonishing wedding illustrates the abyss that still exists in their marriage: Tayi is a devout Muslim and Hossein is the son of a progressive and secular family. The frictions of this fascinating family history are like an x-ray of the conflicts in Iranian society from the 1979 Islamic Revolution to the present day.

The innovative treatment of family archival material — letters, audios, photographs, home videos, and drawings — to reflect on Iran’s recent history earned Khosrovani’s film the award for Best Documentary at IDFA 2020.

DocsBarcelona Panorama Section, supported by ARTE

About the direction
Firouzeh Khosrovani

Firouzeh Khosrovani


Firouzeh Khosrovani. Born in Tehran, Firouzeh Khosrovani settled in Italy to pursue her artistic stu...

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DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama
Edició 2021

Awards and festivals

New Directors / New Films - MoMA&Lincoln Center
USA, 2021
Full Frame Film Festival
USA, 2021
Hong Kong International Film Festival
China, 2021
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Netherlands, 2020
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"Radiograph of a Family" is a great documentary that manages to combine artfulness with a very interesting story and a parallel to the history of Iran, through a rather brave approach due to its intimacy.

— Panos Kotzathanasis · Asian Movie Pulse

Radiograph of a family benefits from exquisite poetic language of such an epic scope that, despite the sadness of the tale being told, it delivers the impression of a masterwork of Persian literature.

— Kaleem Aftab · Cineuropa

Radiograph of a Family may be the best family memoir documentary since Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell.

— Musanna Ahmed · Film Inquiry

Immersive and lyrical.

— Stephen Dalton · Hollywood Reporter
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