Skip to main content


Netherlands, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)

Director: Aliona van der Horst & Maasja Ooms


“An impressionistic rendering of life in a destroyed city.” - Variety Voices of Bam offers a poetic view of life struggling to resurrect itself in a ruined city. In December 2003, a major earthquake struck the ancient Iranian city of Bam, reducing it to rubble and killing almost a third of its inhabitants. The survivors - beautiful and wilful - carry on with their lives under roofless houses and fallen walls. We bear witness to their cataclysmic loss through a collection of photographs recovered from the debris. These tattered prints, along with voice-overs of survivors talking to the loved ones they have lost, offer a stark cinema verité of their hardscrabble lives. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year's Tribeca Film Festival.

D Aliona van der Horst, Maasja Ooms P Frank van den Engel S Aliona van der Horst WS Doc-Co L Farsi w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/90mins

See also...


Paris' famous Père Lachaise cemetery is the resting place of famous artists - from Marcel Proust to Jim Morrison - and is the setting for this uplifting documentary. Through the simple concept of ... More »


A painter who captured the mundane as magical. ... Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer created works of art based on capturing the everyday, showing the lives of the 17th century middle class. It has been ... More »


This unflinching documentary explores the minds of American soldiers who served a tour of duty in Vietnam, questioning them about the experience of the first time they took the life of a fellow human ... More »


Lyrical Nitrate is a compilation of film fragments dating from the period 1905-1915. They originate from the collection of films of Jean Desmet, the first film distributor, which is currently being ... More »


Lagos/Koolhaas NetherlandsThe Nigerian capital of Lagos is considered to be the most lawless city on the face of the earth. It is one of the largest and is wracked by crushing poverty; electricity ... More »

shape of the moon

[Shape of the Moon] is a portrait of Indonesian lives that goes far beyond the typical stories of tsunami destruction, law enforcement and political unrest. Suffused with remarkable detail and ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director