Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor is a thought-provoking, feature-length documentary examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. It features interviews with art luminaries Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar Sara Rahbar and others leading visual artists, capturing the uncertainty of this momentous time in Iran's history. Speaking with grace and honesty, these brave women express what is seldom seen in the western media: unique individual perspectives regarding issues of identity, gender, and the role that art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with women in Iran.
The film has been an Official Selection at the Glasgow International Film Festival, The UK Iranian Film Festival in London, The New Orleans Middle East Film Festiva, The Petaluma International Film Festival and has enjoyed screenings at LACMA, The MFA Boston, The San Francisco Institute of the Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, OCMA, Pacific Design Centure. Pearls on the Ocean Floor was recently named an Official Selection of the DeboShir Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia and will screen in Germany and India in the fall.
Mr Adanto is currently completing 3D: Darkly Digital & Divine featuring Erwin Olaf, Ruud van Empel, Lisa Holden, Vee Speers, Julia Fullerton Batten, Jamie Baldridge, and Jonny Briggs.