Cinemadoosti: Documenting Iran

Calling all world cinema fans!

Cinemadoosti: Documenting Iran is our selection of screenings and events that will open your eyes to Iranian cinephilia – or the Persian translation “cinemadoosti”.

Is loving cinema a political act?
Making a documentary in Iran is a tricky business, and these films show the breadth of imagination and social awareness still rising from Iran’s tradition of poetic filmmakers. Considering the endless limitations of filmmaking and distribution in Iran, the shared memory, imagination and nostalgia surrounding cinema are as important as the films themselves.

Documentary culture worldwide is an important contributor to knowledge production, social and political culture. In Iran, independent filmmakers must teeter around the ‘red lines’ of state censorship. If they do not comply with official rules set by the government, the alternative is to make films underground (and occasionally, go to prison) or live abroad. Iran’s film culture potential has been under threat for a long time but still filmmakers find ways to make their work.

The programme of films at OCDF 17-22 June 2014 focuses on the influence of cinema on the public imagination. The films illuminate daily life for Iranians today as well as the challenges of making films for both professionals and amateurs. This strand sees films with ninjas kicking patriarchal ass, an Einstein-enthusiast dreaming of space, a filmmaker in dialogue with clips of Jerry Lewis comedies, and a filmmaker facing a showdown when he attempts to film a Western in his Shirazian village.

At this potential turning point in Iranian society, this strand of films and events explores contemporary life for Iranians and Iranian diaspora, bringing new films and perspectives to a London audience. The strand includes in-depth discussions with filmmakers and experts on the issues around making non-fiction work in Iran.

Cinemadoosti: Documenting Iran will take place as part of Open City Docs Fest 17-22 June 2014 in various venues across London, including UCL’s Bloomsbury Theatre, our pop-up Cinema Tent, Hackney Picturehouse and the ICA.

After the Saturday night screening of Sepideh we’ll be hosting Iranian Nights, a Persian themed party where you can indulge your senses with Iranian food and live music in our Cinema Tent, open to anyone with a ticket to the festival!



. My Stolen Revolution
Nahid Persson Sarvestani (UK Premiere /2013 / Iran/Sweden / 75 MINS)
Friday 20 June, 2014 at 18.00
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. Jerry and Me & Iranian Ninja
Two films by Iranian female directors, one told from the inside, one from without:
Jerry & Me
Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa (UK Premiere / 2012 / Iran, United States / 38 MINS)
Iranian Ninja
Marjan Riahi (Eruopean Premiere / 2014 / Iran, 30 MINS)
Followed by Q&A with director Mehrnaz Saeed-vafa in conversation with journalist Ehsan Khoshbakht
Saturday 21 June, 2014 at 14.00
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. Sepideh: Reaching For The Stars
Berit Madsen (London Premier/ 2014 / Denmark, Germany, Iran, Norway, Sweden / 88 MINS)
Saturday 21 June, 2014 at 19.30
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. One Thousand and One Teardrops
Fateme Ahmadi (World Premiere / 2014 / Iran,UK / 17 MINS)
Followed by a Q&A with director Berit Madsen, in conversation with Elizabeth Wood (Director of DocHouse). In partnership with DocHouse
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. My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns
Kamran Heidari (2012 /  Iran /  64 MINS)
Sunday 22 June, 2014 at 13.00
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. Window Into Tehran
Iman Behrouzi (2013 / Iran / 16 MINS)

. Trucker and The Fox
Arash Lahooti (2013 / Iran / 78 MINS)
Sunday 22 June, 2014 at 16.00
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. The Raven and the Fox
Mahmood Kiyani Falavarjani (International Premiere / 2012 /  Iran / 11mins)

For press, preview screens and stills, contact: zena@opencitylondon.com