In its most triumphant moments of assault, Tehran vomits lava – An Iranian immigrant’s journey with his son in Michigan ends up amid abandoned plastic dinosaurs and a volcano.

The film couples two events that are seemingly unrelated in place and time: a volcanic eruption on a night in Tehran, and a road trip in the midwest of the Unites States by an Iranian immigrant and his son. These two narratives are neither parallel nor interwoven situations, but adjoin to create a reflective cinematic space for meditation on the diaspora and the relationship between personal memory, and the construction of collective memory.


With this piece, I was interested in the construction of memory during the experience of film viewership. The first segment becomes the subconscious of the second part, and the two parts indicate to each other as missing events for each others existence. I was also interested in the idea of cinema as a medium that asks to be forgotten after the viewer walks out of the theater. I realized that my interest in the cinematic format is due to this excess of playfulness with memory during the viewership and the easiness of leaving it behind afterwards.

 – Bahar Noorizadeh


Written & Directed by

Bahar Noorizadeh


Produced by

Zoe Sua Cho



Sepehr Salehi

Farid Kowsari


Cinematography by

Yoni Goldstein (US)

Sina Kermanizadeh (Iran)


Edited by

Bahar Noorizadeh


With support from

Canada Council of the Arts



USA / Iran

| 31 min | Farsi and English