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Tehran Taboo

A Film by Ali Soozandeh

in Persian with English subtitles
Ali Soozandeh, Germany/Austria, 2017, 96 min
Recommended ages 17 to adult

Sunday, October 22, 5:15pm
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The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran’s schizophrenic society where sex, corruption and drugs coexist with strict religious laws and patriarchal traditions. In this bustling modern metropolis, breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation, especially for women. By using animation, the film offers just enough distance to explore provocative subject matter without salaciousness, while the rotoscoping of real actors injects authentic human emotion and reminds the viewer that what is depicted is very real. In this way expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh skates a thin edge to bring to life a story that would be difficult to tell by any other means.

Comment: Film depicts sexual situations, drug use, and adult themes

Film was also selected as feature film in competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017

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Meet Your Maker

Ali Soozandeh

TEHRAN TABOO Director Ali Soozandeh was born in 1970 in Shiraz Iran. He studied Art in Tehran. After emigrating to Germany, he had his diploma in Media Design at the […]

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