From the streets of Tehran to the American Midwest, we journey through memory and loss.
Wolkaan is a complex meditation on cinematic juxtaposition, as director Bahar Noorizadeh takes us on a journey down two roads. Her vivid imagery transports the audience, drawing out emotion through long, slow-moving shots.
Initially the two varied settings provide contrast, but slowly the experience melds hypnotically into a single journey. The theme of migration becomes apparent, though few words are exchanged.
Noorizadeh’s experimental storytelling methods aim to be immersive and fluid; she uses sound design to enhance the experience. The settings may be vaguely recognizable, but Noorizadeh frames her shots and works in foreign elements in such a way as to make them seem alien, as if viewed through an immigrant’s point of view.