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By Thierry Michel

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Revolution, violence and religious fanaticism are the images that Iran has been reflecting on the world for more than two decades. Yet in the midst of today’s turmoil how can we forget that one of the oldest nations in history took root in Iran? Twenty three years after the advent of the Islamic Revolution, this country, which is once again prey to history’s turbulence, is on the road to modernity. Faced with radical Islam advocated by the religious orthodoxy, the Iranian youth looks more toward the West and exposing itself to the winds of globalisation. It no longer finds its place in the religious revolution of the older generation. 


“Iran – veiled appearances” is the portrait of a socially and culturally fractured society. The film-maker’s eye finds itself divided there and gives rise to a multifaceted and kaleidoscopic film, as multifaceted and kaleidoscopic as a country in which religious fervour of some contrasts with the desire for liberty of others.


After having asserted their desire for change during the presidential elections, the Iranians are now duped in their slight conquests by the power of the most conservative Islamists. This power has a firm grip on the army and the media and doesn’t think twice about resorting to political murder.

A co-production Les Films de la Passerelle, Les Films d’Ici, RTBF, VRT, Arte France, CBA, RAITRE, CCA. In collaboration with Eurimages, Procirep, CNC, MEDIA, SVT, YLE, DGCI, Sundance Documentary Fund.

Technical sheet
Year: 2002
Duration: 90'
Language: French 
Direction: Thierry Michel

Assistants: Delphine Minoui, Davoud Dehghan, Kaveh Hosseini

Cinematography: Farsin Khosrowshahi
Cameraman: Thierry Michel

Sound: Bruno Di Liberto
Blender: Michel Goossens, Benoit Biral

Editing: Marine Deleu
Comments: Thierry Michel

Christine Pireaux - Les Films de la Passerelle
Serge Lalou - Les Films d’Ici
Selections (38)

Namur French-speaking Film Festival (Belgium) 2002

European Creative Documentary Festival – Strasbourg (France) 2002

International documentary film festival Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 2002

Sundance Film Festival – Salt Lake City (USA) 2003

FIPA – Biarritz (France) 2003

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival - San Francisco (USA) 2003

Fespaco (Burkina Faso) 2003

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival – London (England) 2003

Filmondo – Milan (Italy) 2003

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival – Prague (Czech Republic)

DocAviv Tel Aviv (Israel) 2003

San Francisco (USA) 2003 

Washington DC (USA) 2003

MoMA's (New York) USA 2003

Nashville (USA) 2003

Munich (Germany) 2003  

Fortnight of French-speaking cinema – Berlin – (Germany) 2003

River Run (USA) 2003

Film Forum – Freiburg (Germany) 2003

One World Festival – Edinbough (England) 2003

Bite the Mango – Bradford (England) 2003

Television Festival - Monte Carlos (Monaco) 2003

Montecatini (Italy) 2003

Sarajevo (Bosnia) 2003

World Film Festival – Montreal (Canada) 2003

Documentary Festival – ARTE – Paris (France) 2003

Silver Lake Film Festival (USA)

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival- Nuremberg (Germany) 2003 

Flanders film festival – Ghent (Belgium) 2003

Cork Film Festival (Ireland) 2003

Massachusetts Film Festival (USA) 2003

Hollywood Film Festival – Los Angeles – (USA) 2003

Valladolid (Spain) 2003

Copenhagen Dox Festival (Denmark) 2003

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival Bratislava (Slovakia) 2003

Febiofest (Czech Republic) 2004

Sevilla Film Festival (Spain) 2004

Resistance (France) 2004

Awards (7)

★ Award at the “European Creative Documentary” Festival in Strasbourg
★ Nominated for the Golden Gate Awards 
★ Coq de Cristal: Prize awarded by the Parliament of the French Community;
★ Joseph Plateau Award – best Belgian documentary;

★ “Ezio Croci” award for best film, Filmondo, 

★ Honorable Mention at the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival (docaviv)
★ Nominated at the 43rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival

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