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The Dressing of an Octopus

Researching Nilufar's family heritage and updating the story through her children, “The Dressing of an Octopus” is a film about the matriarch and her relationship to her children in the context of her own struggles as an infant.

Using 100 photographic stills and a cacophony of sound, the child interrupts the parent and highlights the claustrophobia of parenting. Presenting the mother as a marginalised static figure unable to engage with the child in an internal way, the constantly moving energetic child externally covers the mother’s face, exchanging roles with the mother, the child’s internal emotions in the spoken narrative, becoming hers.