Little Elika explains that people in Iran like five things above all: rice, the sun, ice cream, fish and tulips. She gives a presentation about her home country in a Belgian school, which includes a Persian poem she translates directly into French. Her audience is amazed: Elika talks differently all of a sudden. And so something which was strange playfully becomes familiar.
Recommended age 7+
Born in Tehran, Iran in 1982, Maryam Bayani entered the art world by studying graphic design and animation. After making her internationally award-winning animated documentary The Pottery Tale (2009), she discovered her tendency to merge reality and imagination. In 2015, she won a European scholarship for a Master’s course in Documentary Filmmaking called Docnomads, a mobile course that allowed her to study and make short documentaries in Europe.
Pottery Tale (2009), Rainbow Children – Portrait of Elika (2018), Thousands of Lullabies (2018)