These Old Frames

‘These Old Frames’ explores the structure and creation of a narrative using found footage. The footage used is from Tahireh’s grandfather’s archive, films shot by him fifty years ago, home movies on 8mm film.

Fragments of family history, situations, events and characters unfold on an intimate canvas but echo universal themes. Mining personal stories, common ground and interrelationships helped understand her grandfather and how he created his own identity in a free India in her infancy. The process revolved around getting to know the man that he was.

While recovering and analyzing the footage and working with sound on material that was originally silent, Tahireh found herself understanding home movies as more than just memorabilia – as mapping microhistories which resonate with wider explorations of personal and social identity.