photograph of a robot with a chalk board in the background, reading 'to do list'
Production still, A Terrible Beauty, 2023

Iram Ghufran’s documentary, A Terrible Beauty, has been selected for competition by Visions du Réel International Film Festival

Iram Ghufran is a filmmaker and artist based in New Delhi. A Terrible Beauty was developed as part of her practice-based doctoral research at CREAM and uses speculative methodologies to explore questions of futurity in documentary film. A Terrible Beauty unfolds within the realm of anthropomorphic goods and objects, such as dolls, mannequins, and androids, and explores the ambivalent state of dread and excitement through which humans encounter technology. The film invites the viewer to revisit questions around technology, ethics, mortality and what it means to be human in our times.   

A Terrible Beauty will screen at Visions du Réel, Nyon on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 April as part of the International Medium Length and Short Film Competition, which celebrates contemporary nonfiction filmmaking.