Art And Culture

Desolated Rudbar Village in Photos

After the 1990 devastating earthquake in Manjil and Rudbar, Kiarostami traveled to the area to find the cast for his film Where Is the Friend’s Home? His search resulted in the semi-fictional film Life and Nothing More
A screenshot from “Life and Nothing More”A screenshot from “Life and Nothing More”

Photos of the abandoned village of Koker in Rudbar County, Gilan Province, will go on view Friday at a solo exhibition in Tehran.
Lifestyle and landscape photographer Alireza Elahi is to present his works at Arte Gallery located at No. 3, 2nd 12-meter Street, Golestan Avenue, Ali-Khani Blvd., south of Hemmat Bridge, according to the Persian photography website of Chiilik.
Koker gained global fame for a trilogy that auteur Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) made there between 1987 and 1994. The three films are “Where Is the Friend’s Home?”, “And Life Goes On” (aka Life and Nothing More) and “Through the Olive Trees”. 
In 1987, Kiarostami made Where Is the Friend’s Home? In the film, a young boy travels from Koker to a neighboring village to return a notebook to a schoolmate.
Three years later in 1990, a devastating earthquake struck Manjil and Rudbar counties in the northern province. The shock had a moment magnitude of 7.4. 


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