Purpose of making the film:
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 Richter quaked the Kurdish cities in the west of Iran on the evening of November 12, 2017. No exact number of casualties has been reported, but independent institutions estimated it to be over 600 people. 9388 people were injured and about 70000 were left homeless.
The traumatic catastrophe caused deep sad feelings among all Iranians regardless of their ethnicities and religions. Humanitarian aids from a large number of people across the country were donated to earthquake-stricken Kurdish settlements. Such a gesture was a remedy for the deep wound of people who had lost their dear ones through the showcase of anger by the nature. Having observed this saddening event, I decided to portray their pain and calamity in a movie.
While I was in a hard-hit village called Tapani in Sarpolzahab, I got to know a young man named Farhad. His wife and his two children had died under the debris, and only his six-month-old baby called Arian had survived. The baby, now a keepsake of his wife, was the only reason for Farhad to live. The scenario planted the first seeds of the thought of describing the rebirth of the joy of living in a man who had gone through a devastating experience and come back to life just a few feet away from death.
About the Rupture documentary:
The film is about a man named Farhad Safari who lost his wife and his two children in an earthquake and just Arian, his six-month-child survived the disaster. When Farhad is past the initial bombshell, he finds Arian as the only hope of passing the days. The task of raising a child gives the father such hope. Farhad is thinking of rebuilding his house, a new one with new furniture. Meanwhile, Arian is taken care of by Farhad’s mother who is an old woman bereft of any energy to raise a troubling child come out of trauma.
Gradually Farhad creeps back to life and regains the desire to carry on. He decides to marry to form a new family, but he is turned down because he has a small child. Finally, he marries someone and lives a happy life for a while. The house is built and is beautified with the new furniture. However, problems slowly pay frequent visits. The single parent Arian is anxious and stubborn, and Farhad’s new wife is complaining and not willing to get along with the child. Although against his will, Arian is finally sent to the grandmother again to be raised.
An earthquake does not destroy people’s shelters only, it ruins all their lives. With helps from various groups, houses, walls, and ceilings are refurbished over time, but is there anyone who looks beyond the debris to those survivors who see their lives collapsed and hard to mend.