#6: My Name Is Negahdar Jamali And I Make Westerns
Directed by: Kamran Heidari
2012 / 65 mins
Persian with English Subtitles
“My name is John Ford and I make Westerns” this is how John Ford introduced himself at the American Film Directors’ Association gathering. Negahdar Jamali, an Iranian from Shiraz introduced himself the same way when Kamran Heidari first met him without knowing John Ford that well: “My name is Negahdar Jamali and I make Westerns”, he introduced himself with self-confidence and without any weakness in his statement; not in the Monument Valley or in the Grand Canyon but in Shiraz and the deserts surrounding the city. He has been making Western films continuously for the past 35 years under hard conditions, and this film is about the struggle with his family, friends, society, and others to make what he likes the most in his life “Western Movies”.
Kamran Heidari was born in Gachsaran, near Shiraz in 1977. After receiving his Diploma he started making films and attended classes for making documentary films for 5 years. All his documentaries and photos are about people from his region Shiraz (Fars). “I am Negahdar Jamali, I make Western Films” is his first long documentary.