POOZHGAN | Documentary film


The film focuses on music and dance in a narrative treatment in the context of daily life of the people in Torbat-e Jam.
Torbat-e Jam is a city in Khorasan region of Iran; a city in which most of the Dotar experts are based (Dotar is a Persian long-necked lute with two strings), which lies on the Silk Road route, on the border triangle of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. Torbat-e Jam was called Poozhgan (p​u​ʒ​​ɠ​​ɐ​​n)​ [means the city of heroes ] in the ancient times.
The culture and life in Torbat-e Jam are strongly influenced by various rituals and maqam music. Despite the name change since the 12th century (n. Ch.), the names of rituals and maqams, and their substance, have remained untouched and passed down from generation to generation until today. The Maqam music was created at the interfaces of the great cultures of the Orient. They are shown or presented with music and dance. Every ritual and maqam has its own story.
In five Episodes it is focused in this film on:
the preparation ceremony of Maqam-performing, Choob-Bazi ritual, Padayerehgi, Haj Morad Ali Salar-Ahmadi (a Master of maqam-singing in this region) and Maqam "Mashgh-e Peltan" (Exercise of Heroes).