Bassidji

by Mehran Tamadon


SYNOPSIS

In a desert, on a hill, men and women in chadors and children wander through a vast open air "museum" dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war. It is Iranian New Year and we are close to the Iraqi border. I'm following my guide. He's tall and charismatic. His name is Nader Malek-Kandi. For almost three years, I've decided to immerse myself among the most extremist supporters of the Islamic republic of Iran (the Bassidjis), to get a better understanding of their way of thinking. We come from the same country yet there’s an enormous gulf between us. And yet a dialogue opens up.

FESTIVALS

Toronto 2009 - Official Selection

Lisboa 2009 - DocLisboa - Competition

Florence 2009 - Festival dei Popoli

Jihlava FF 2009 - Opus Bonum

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Box Production, CDP, INTerland

COUNTRY

France, Switzerland, Iran

PRODUCTION YEAR

2009

RUNTIME

114 min

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