The Voice Recorder
The Voice Recorder is the story of a recently immigrated Iranian film student, “Sayeh Mashreghi,” who has a hard time adjusting to the realities of her new lifestyle in the United States. When Sayeh’s professor disrespects her Iranian heritage, she leaves the class furious, but later in a tire shop, waiting to fix her car’s flat tire she finds a recording of a conversation between the same professor and the Dean of her division, both of whom in private make direct racial jokes about Sayeh’s ethnicity. Determined to use the audio against them, she is inadvertently confronted with her own bigotry, which much to her surprise is not any better than that of her professors.
Magdalena is the name of a woman who is being shouted for from the bottom of a rundown building in a remote village in Cuba and precisely when an innocent tourist is passing by. This is how our story begins...
"Magdalena" was shot in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba in winter of 2016 as a part of the film workshop organized by the Black Factory Cinema and under the supervision of Abbas Kiarostami. After the initial screening the film was reedited, sound mastered and colored in Los Angeles and is now ready for film festival submission.