Feature film in production
Directed by JAYDN RAY GOSSELIN & ELAHE ZIVARDAR
Produced by JACOB FERTIG, MEHRAN GHADIRI & JAYDN RAY GOSSELIN
Executive Produced by ELAHE ZIVARDAR, CHARLOTTE COOK (Field of Vision), REBECCA BARRY & MADELEINE HETHERTON-MIAU (Media Stockade)
Edited by JAYDN RAY GOSSELIN
Archival Footage and 3D Modeling by ELAHE ZIVARDAR
Supported by FIELD OF VISION, DOC SOCIETY, FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, & NYU PRODUCTION LAB
Languages: FARSI & ENGLISH.
USA, Aus., Nauru
Memories take shape, as refugee, journalist, and architect ELAHE ZIVARDAR revisits six years of brutal detention by constructing a photo-realistic 3D simulation of Australia's NAURU REGIONAL PROCESSING CENTRE – a black site built in the world's smallest island nation and least visited country. Delving into the metaphysical significance of architecture, Elahe's search for justice becomes a profound rumination on the physical dimensions of torture, trauma, and healing.
Resettled in the United States following a controversial "refugee swap," Elahe draws from the stark testimonies of other detainees and the largest trove of never-before-seen footage from inside the detention center to expose the facility, its architecture, and the amorality of the Border-Industrial Complex that profits at the expense of refugee and migrant incarceration.
She must move through her lingering trauma to imagine a new kind of place that is the antithesis of the corporate detention center – a radically utopian space of healing, which she calls "Aramsayesh Gah."
ARCHITECT (formerly SEARCHING FOR ARAMSAYESH GAH) is a hybrid documentary exposing the cruel, secret architecture of refugee detention.