One Image, Two Acts

یک تصویر، دو برداشت

Director: Sanaz Sohrabi | 2020 | 44 Min.
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Country: Canada/Germany/Iran/USA
Munich Premiere

“One Image, Two Acts unravels the multifaceted and intertwined systems of oil infrastructures spanned and accumulated across unlikely geographies and material temporalities. Examining the photographic and film archives of British Petroleum (BP) during its operations in Iran, Iraq, and Kuwait, this film traces the visual and media infrastructures through which oil has operated as an agent of power in the colonial episteme. It unpacks BP’s widespread construction of cinemas in the oil towns of South-Western Iran and follows the transformation of this emergent image economy in contouring the nationalization movement and the anti-colonial cinema between 1950-1980 in Iran.”

Screenings and tickets

Saturday 1 June 2024, 21:00

Thursday 30 May 2024, 17:00

This film is screened with: Scenes of Extraction


Selected Festivals:

  • Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM)

  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest

  • La Plata International Independent Film Festival FestiFreak

  • Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo Cámara Lúcida



  • Best Short Film at Indie Lisboa International Film Festival

  • Winner of Juror's Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival


Sanaz Sohrabi is a researcher of visual culture and artist-filmmaker. Sohrabi works with essay film and installation as her means of research to explore the shifting and migratory paths between still and moving images, situating a singular image in a continuum of historical relations and archival temporalities. Sohrabi’s work engages with the politics of recovery in photographic archives and the role of photography and film as technologies of public-making and subject positioning.