Tehran Taboo

Ali Soozandeh
Germany/Austria · 2017 · 96 min
In Persian with English Subtitles · Recommended ages 17 to adult

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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  • 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 University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. He founded his own company Cartoona- moon and was involved in many feature/documentary films and TV-series as an animation […]
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