WINDOW HORSES The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
Cinema Reports' Editors on 09/30/2017
Window Horses, a Canadian
film about Iranian Poetry on US screens.
Intrinsically shaped by
multiculturalism, Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming has amassed a body of work
grounded in her curiosity to learn about cultures geographically distant from
her own, but directly linked through a similar artistic spirit.
Set largely in Iran, Fleming’s debut feature Window Horses—which follows the
more than 30 short films she’s made in the last three decades—is a delicately
crafted and heartwarming ode to borderless connections between people via
creativity, and a love letter to Iranian poetry.
The film had its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film
Festival back in February, in the midst of the shameful Muslim travel ban, and
First Pond Entertainment is releasing it theatrically in Los Angeles today, only
five days after the White House announced that it would roll out new
discriminatory measures against those traveling to the U.S. from a set of eight
countries that includes Iran. In light of these unjust developments, Window
Horses’ value as a gorgeous candy-colored piece of magical animation that aims
to unite, as well as a subtle and non-political statement for the respect and
appreciation of an ancient civilization, has doubled in importance.