Iranian astrologer and scientist Omar Khayyam wrote 1000 four-line verses, more than 1000 years ago. Artist Azam Masoumzadeh grew up with his verses and has made them her tools for a good and beautiful life.
In this 8-minute VR experience, Azam creates a contemporary version of Omar Khayyam’s world, inspired by ancient Iranian miniature art. It is a world to the heart of Epicurus, pleasant and relaxing, that immerses you in 5 different scenes, each one inspired by a different poem.
The poems are told in voice-over, in Farsi, English or Dutch. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes full of humor. And although they are centuries old, they touch timeless themes: love, death, loss, religion, pleasure, happiness, mental wellbeing ... Khayyam’s age-old words are more recognizable than you think and show us a very different world view from Iran today than what media present us.
|Creative technologist||Wim Forceville|
|Animators||Wim Forceville, Willem Mertens|
|Line producer||An Oost|
|Poems interpreted to Dutch||Stijn Vranken|
|Farsi poems from The Rubáiyát||Omar Khayyám|
|Poems interpreted to English||Justin Huntly McCarthy|
|Original music||Ehsan Yadollahi|
|Musician tar & sitar||Ehsan Yadollahi|
|Additional instruments||Stefan Bracke|
|Sound mix & production||Stefan Bracke at Audiotheque studios|
|Sound studio manager||Louise-Marie Kerkhove|
|Assisting animator||Rose Thys|
|Dutch voice over||Stijn Vranken|
|English voice overs||Christopher Joseph, Azam Masoumzadeh|
|Farsi voice over||Azam Masoumzadeh|
|With the support of||The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) & Flanders Literature|