Asiyeh

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What can we learn about the role of traditional methods in global health care from a bonesetter in northwestern Iran? Known around the community as the go-to person to “wrap bones,” Asiyeh Karimi sees patients in her house and makes trips on horseback to a teahouse to offer her services. Observational scenes with patients emphasize Auntie Asiyeh’s no-nonsense character; occasional smash cuts underscore the power of her approach to the healing arts. The film’s humor (one of Asiyeh’s neighbors guesses “she is about 40, 50, or 60”) and keen eye allow for a warm and nuanced cinematic excursion. The filmmaker, Leila Merat, is occasionally heard asking questions: “You are a bonesetter too?” she mischievously inquires of a rival of Asiyeh’s. A dramatic sequence at the teahouse demonstrates Asiyeh’s counseling role. “You didn’t fall off the steps,” Asiyeh informs one woman who is accompanied by her husband. Through persistence and gentleness, Asiyeh finds out some uncomfortable truths. NK

Director

Leila Merat

Producer

Leila Merat

Editor

Keyhan Shadvar

Cinematographer

Akbar Jafari

Release Year

2016

Festival Year

2017

Country

Iran

Run Time

34 minutes

Subtitled

Yes

Premiere

US Premiere