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Iran, My Lonely Land| 53mins
Director: Remko Dekker & Mariette van Muijen | Producer: Remko Dekker
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Netherlands
Subject Tags: belief, communication, culture, europe, freewill, human rights, iran, middle east, netherlands, religion
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Every village has its own mosque and its own film school. This is one of the many peculiarities that Remko Dekker and Mariette van Muijen came upon during their three-month stay in Iran. As passionate film-makers themselves, they wondered out how their colleagues make films in a country where every form of expression is observed with wariness and is not without certain risks. They met several promising young film-makers and in numerous straightforward conversations about politics, religion, emancipation and censorship, this youngest generation reveals a heartfelt social commitment. Six completely different characters make up the frame of the documentary, for instance the deeply religious, veiled Marzieh who’s film was originally rejected due to blasphemy; or Soudabeh, the unconventional artist taken with rituals and mysticism who lived ten years in poverty to realise her prize-winning film; and Mostafa, the western oriented maker of surrealistic films. These young intellectuals reflect critically on their society and forsee their future, given the restrictions and other problems they all encounter…. The drive and the courage that enable these young film-makers to portray their love for their country, their concerns and their criticism can only leave the viewer full of admiration.

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