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A film by Nika Khanjani


Free World Pens is a film about family and solitary confinement.  The film takes shape through letters from a man incarcerated in Texas, whose words echo in the mind of his sister as she walks freely through Montreal.


An empty skating rink echoes with the scrape of skates. The metros are empty, though we hear voices and the announcement of delayed service. A man is in prison, in solitary, has been for years. He writes letters to his sister, the free one, the one who lives in the world of ice skates and metros, cafes and more: a life where heartbreak happens and where a newborn's fist can open and close with the pulse of a tentative heart. Free World Pens disrupts the story we think we know about who is incarcerated and who is free. This is the story of family. It's what happens when normal life becomes surreal. It's about how the solitude of a brother can become the solitude of a sister.
- Jocelyn Parr  


Nika Khanjani is a film and video artist, writer, and educator. Her work is marked by contrasting extremes and a patient sense of beauty. She combines landscape photography, subtle sound design, and portraiture to invoke internal states responsive to political and historical forces. She is based out of Montreal.


Year: 2015
Length: 20min 20sec
Country: Canada (Quebec)
Tech Specs: HD 1080p, 5.1 Surround
Language: English VO, French ST


Conception/Realization: Nika Khanjani
Cinematographer: Shannon Lynn Harris
Additional Cinematography: Adam Rosadiuk
Sound Design: Steve Bates
Original Composition: Kelly Nunes
Sound Mix: Bruno Bélanger
Editor: Nika Khanjani / Adam Rosadiuk
Text: Namy John Khanjani / Nika Khanjani

Made with the generous support of
Vivacité de Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec (CALQ)
Productions Réalisations Indépendantes de Montréal (PRIM)
Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI)



News & Screenings

Interview: Nika talks to the Montreal Gazette about the making of FREE WORLD PENS.

FREE WORLD PENS is premiering at RIDM 2015.

Future screenings to be announced.



Design by Kinnon Elliot.