Passage and Pause is an experimental short movie made by Reza Haeri in 2011. All the shots were taken in the 1960s by hippies traveling through Iran on their journey eastward on the iconic Hippie Trail. The movie is a reflection of their experience as travellers, and their outlook as outsiders. The recorded scenes are mostly centred on local architecture, heritage and daily life. Haeri’s dynamic cutting, and a soundtrack mixing traditional and electronic sounds, give a sense of both the cultural shock and the spiritual trance that were part of this long trip.
Reza Haeri, born in 1974, lives and works in Tehran, where he is directing and producing short films and documentaries. In 2008, he released a documentary called Final Fitting (Prov e Akhar) about Mr Arabpour, one of the most famous tailor of Qom who is working with Iran’s top political and religious leaders.