April 17, 2012

Letters from Iran

|a "While winds of freedom blow through the Arab world, the Iranian youth waits. They were the first to rise up against their leaders in 2009. The first to tweet, Facebook and post YouTube updates, filming the fallout of their failed revolution on camera phones. Now, Iran has closed itself off to the Western press, making itdifficult to get the inside story from the outside. For the past two years, Manin Loiseau has been following a group of Iranians inside Iran. Many lost loved ones or were tortured themselves in the aftermath of the elections. Piecing together interviews, footage from hidden cameras, YouTube clips and more, she paints a vivid portrait of the aftermath of the Green Revolution."

The hopeful dreams of the citizens of Iran were aggressively oppressed after the 2009 presidential elections. The Iranian population is quite used to being ignored and let down by their political leaders. Hope was short lived and many of those who had hope were arrested, tortured and in some cases disappeared. As tyranny reaches out in its last, dying, grasp during this first part of the 21st century, does this signal its end? As always it is the population who must suffer the wrath of dying political and religious power structures. The interviews are heartbreaking. The protest videos were shot mostly with cell phones. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56609-D 79 minutes 2011

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November 14, 2011

The day I became a woman

The story of an Iranian woman at three stages of her life.

A charming yet bittersweet film, three movies, of three different women coming of age in Iran. It is an engaging and very interesting look into Iranian women and their places in society and along side men. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55817-D 78 minutes 2000

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September 06, 2011

No One Knows about the Persian Cats

"Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh"
Follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city's vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.

Wonderful for hope. Heartbreaking for the reality. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55825-D Released in 2009

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