URREA (Valérie), MASDURAUD (Nathalie)
ARTE FRANCE, AVROTOS, TERRA LUNA FILMS, HARBOR Films
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
In this Islamic Republic,a creative and daring young photographic scene is committed to giving its country a new image to the world. The film presents us with a unique artistic scene in the world – always using humor and metaphor in their work to bypass censorship.
This movie sheds a new light on Iran, a complex country torn between tradition and modernity – a country in which these photographers have chosen to stay, out of passion and pride, despite the difficulties to work tand live here.
The photographers Solmaz Daryani, Gohar Dashti, Shadi Ghadirian, Abbas Kowsari, Tahmineh Monzavi, and Neshwa Tavakolian, will be the main actors of the film. Anahita Ghabaian, one of the most famoust photogallerist of Iran, will be kind of a thread of the film. We follow the photographers on their shootings, in their studios and on different locations. The film will be articulated around their narrative and personal analysis of their ventures, giving us a new insight of this country and its history FOCUSIRAN is a journey from Teheran to Quashan, and up to Lake Urmia, far northwest from Iran, close from the Azerbaidjan frontier.
* Etoile de la Scam (The civil society of multimedia authors) 2018