Shadi Ghadirian in Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor
Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor is a thought-provoking, feature-length documentary examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. This unflinching and incisive study, featuring interviews with art luminaries Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar and others, capturing the uncertainty of this momentous time in Iran's history. Speaking with grace and honesty, these brave women express what is seldom seen in the western media: unique individual perspectives regarding issues of identity, gender, and the role that art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with women in Iran. Pearls on the Ocean Floor features a captivating original soundtrack by Nalepa the musical artist who also scored Adanto's debut film The Rising Tide, which examined the explosive contemporary art scene of a changing China.