In Azadaar, Ayamus shows the self-mortification rituals of Shia Islam. Ayamus asked me as the Director of Photography for this project. During our multi-day shoot in several mosques in the Netherlands and Germany, we aimed to arrive at the essence of the rituals beauty – showing how suffering can become meaningful when it rises above the ego. We captured the Ashura commemorations as a multi-sensory event in which song, body, the experience of space, light, smell and touch come to a climax as part of each another’s dynamic.

Azadaar (15m.) was part of the official selection on the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2017. The film is also part of a photography project in collaboration with gallery Nieuw Dakota.


Platform – IFFR
Agency – Nieuw Dakota
Work – Cinematographer