In April 2002, director Ben van Lieshout and cameraman Stef Tijdink trav­eled by train across Iran, from the caviar of the Caspian Sea to the oil of the Persian Gulf. It is the month of mourning; black flags fly above the streets, where people are dressed in black. They have suffi­cient reasons to mourn: unem­ploy­ment rates in Iran are high and the economy is only dete­ri­o­rating. Though the deceased leader Khomeini still seems to be sincerely worshipped, the popu­larity of the current leaders is on the wane. Even though young­sters are still drawn to the sacri­fices of the revo­lu­tion and the eight-year war with Iraq, which the régime inde­fati­gably holds up as an example. In the moun­tain villages of Iran however, away from the big city, this osten­ta­tious fanati­cism dissolves and the film­makers come upon a tran­quil serenity.

Credits

Executive producer
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
Human
Distributor NL
Public Film

Title: Reisverhalen - Reis naar het Paradijs
Year: 2002
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2002

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