Synopsis

Iranian astrologer and scientist Omar Khayyam wrote 1000 four-line verses, more than 1000 years ago. Artist Azam Masoumzadeh grew up with his verses and has made them her tools for a good and beautiful life.

In this 8-minute VR experience, Azam creates a contemporary version of Omar Khayyam’s world, inspired by ancient Iranian miniature art. It is a world to the heart of Epicurus, pleasant and relaxing, that immerses you in 5 different scenes, each one inspired by a different poem.

The poems are told in voice-over, in Farsi, English or Dutch. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes full of humor. And although they are centuries old, they touch timeless themes: love, death, loss, religion, pleasure, happiness, mental wellbeing ... Khayyam’s age-old words are more recognizable than you think and show us a very different world view from Iran today than what media present us.

Credits

Director Azam Masoumzadeh
Creative technologist Wim Forceville
Illustrator Azam Masoumzadeh
Animators Wim Forceville, Willem Mertens
Producer Emmy Oost
Line producer An Oost
Poems interpreted to Dutch Stijn Vranken
Farsi poems from The Rubáiyát Omar Khayyám
Poems interpreted to English Justin Huntly McCarthy
Original music Ehsan Yadollahi
Musician tar & sitar Ehsan Yadollahi
Additional instruments Stefan Bracke
Sound mix & production Stefan Bracke at Audiotheque studios
Sound studio manager Louise-Marie Kerkhove
Assisting animator Rose Thys
Dutch voice over Stijn Vranken
English voice overs Christopher Joseph, Azam Masoumzadeh
Farsi voice over Azam Masoumzadeh
With the support of The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) & Flanders Literature

Poster