Root Canal



A young girl who has just started a serious relationship, tries to review her situation and her relationship in dialogs with a woman with long experience of relationship and another girl who has lost both her legs.

In the course of these dialogs, all three women express their experiences, sentiments and opinions on life, love, marriage and death and find new understanding on themselves and the world around.

Samira Eskandarfar, the Iranian young female video artist and painter who has a video in the Tate Modern Collection, has focused on the inner life of three women. In her first long movie, “Root Canal”, she has depicted these women’s relationships in an abstract world.

Questions of rules and regulations that femininity has imposed on them sets forth all the paradoxes that their inner and outer lives have created within. It is an expression of duality regarding what these women want and what the others want from them.

Death, femininity, body and loss are topics that bring these women together with a sound correlation. Sometimes they are combined, sometimes they become one, and sometimes they are cut loose from one another, as if they are all pieces from a body that in an imaginary world have parted from each other.

The world which the movie builds is in a no-where situation that is sometimes very realistic and sometimes too surrealistic, but in many ways, soon the viewer finds connection and sympathy with the female characters, their thoughts, feelings and memories.

Eskandarfar’s experimental structure, besides the impressing images and powerful compositions, creates a courageous personal language which can strongly influence the audience, not just women, but also men!

Root Canal