39 Final Fitting (OT: Prov akhar)

Final Fitting (OT: Prov akhar) (39)

11:15, Friday 03rd July, Theatre B

 

  • Director: Reza Haeri (IRA)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 30'

A documentary about Mr. Arabpour, the master tailor and craftsman, and the proprietor of the most famous tailor shop in Qom. He is in his eighties and for the last several decades has been the official tailor to the most important religious leaders of the country, starting with the late Ayatollah Khomeini to the current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, as well as for the former president, Mohammad Khatami. His international clientele include such prominent figures as Imam Musa Sadr of Lebanon.

He speaks to us of the different styles and the many variations on the traditional aba and ammameh (the turban and the robe). Mr. Arabpour shows us how he cuts and creates the garments and how he adapts them for different men with different needs. One man want a pocket for a mobile phone while another wants simpler, more austere version without frills. The newer styles, more sculpted, more tailored, with defined seams and pockets, are designed for a new kind of Ayatollah: the more reform-mindedand “democratic” ones of whom Khatami is the supreme example.

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