The inhabitants of a distant region in the south of Iran are hit by a disastrously prolonged drought. Their condition worsens as water becomes scarce and their animals begin to die. A young boy from the region returns to the area only to find that his family, like so many others, has fled. The collective drama of the community is accentuated by the lone protagonist’s frantic efforts to find his missing relatives. However, the real protagonists of Naderi’s masterpiece are, as the title implies, the natural elements. Filmed entirely in a desert, often during ranging sandstorms, Water, Wind, Dust has an extraordinarily visceral impact, dominated by howling winds, rushing sands and searing sunlight. Naderi uses the elements to convey both the community’s – and our – endless struggle for survival in a world that seems less hostile than merely indifferent to human needs. –Lincoln Center
Amir Naderi (Persian: امیر نادری, born 15 August, 1946 in Abadan) is a notable Iranian film director, screenwriter and one of the most influential figures of 20th-century Persian cinema.
Naderi developed his knowledge of cinema by watching films at the theater where he worked as a boy, reading film criticism, and making relationships with leading film critics. He began his career with still photography for some notable Iranian features. In the 1970s, Naderi turned to directing, and made some of the most important features of the New Iranian Cinema. In 1971, his directorial debut, Goodbye Friend was released in Iran. Mr. Naderi first came into the international spotlight with films that are now known as cinema classics, The Runner (1985), and Water, Wind, Dust (1989). The Runner is considered by many critics to be one of the most influential films of the past quarter century. After a number of his films were banned by the Iranian government… read more