Lotus is based on the filmmaker’s personal experience being an Iranian living in in Italy. Intrigued by the type of “information” that Italians receive about Iran, the filmmaker found herself having to respond to unexpected questions that implied a clear ignorance about her homeland. Confirming the disinformation of most Italians on Middle Eastern countries, common thought tended to be negative. The problem that has surfaced is the information conveyed by the Italian and Western mass media that influences public opinion beyond measure.
This medium-length film is mainly addressed to Italian and Western spectators, in order to provoke reflection, to make people more aware of the power of Mass Media, and to give an authentic glimpse of the current status of Iran and Iranian women.
We started from Italy, interviewing strangers stopped on the street, to understand the level of knowledge about Iran and Iranian women. Later the work continued through a confrontation with experts, journalists, who are in Italy and do not know Iran in person. In search of the truth, the director interviewed various types of Iranian women, trying to understand them, understand the thought. The overwhelming majority of the interviewees held back, withdrew or even asked to cancel the shot; they were afraid, from their own oppressive society, and insecure, so it was not easy to draw the different facets of their thinking.
Having studied media and cinema, I wanted to look for a theme to link my country of origin, Iran, with my host country, Italy, and explore how Iran is represented through the Italian media. I am also interested in women, a subject dear to me, because they continue to have less opportunities than men, especially in Iran.
About Hatefeh Majid
Hatefeh Majidi was born in Karaj, Iran in 1986. She received her B.A. degree in Film Directing at Soora University, in Tehran in 2010 and received a Master’s of Media Arts from the Fine Arts Academy of Italy.