In an exclusive talk with ifilm, the director of award-winning doc ‘Panj’ explains how his casting was miraculous.
Mojtaba Hosseini is the director and producer of the documentary which is on Ikat weavers of the Iranian city of Yazd. He says he was definitely looking for a famous actor to bring to life the starring role of his latest flick. He, however, comes across with an authentic master of the art and by chance the man is natural in front of the cameras.
Hosseini without further ado has now a professional Ikat weaver Master Nik-Khah, who can easily play the role he plays every single day of his life.
Master Nik-Khah accepts to appear in the flick under one term only and that is to be allowed to say prayers immediately after the call for prayers has been said.
The commitment the two of the men have to their beliefs brings them awards from prestigious festivals in a number of countries including the US, Romania, India, Poland, Chile, Russia, Italy, and France.