Iran Sous le Voile des Apparences (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Religions & Belief Systems  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Belgium, France  |  
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Iranian culture in the early 2000s wasn't quite as idyllic as the nation's Islamic fundamentalist government led the rest of the world to believe, asserts filmmaker Thierry Michel in his 2002 political documentary entitled Iran Sous le Voile des Apparences (Iran, Veiled Appearances). In an attempt to redefine Western (primarily United States') preconceptions of the powerful Middle Eastern country, Michel presents the two main opposing factions within Iranian society: the current Islamic leadership and its supporters of the 23-year-old Revolution versus the repressed younger generation espousing their own form of revolution -- democratic reform. As the theocratic power elite struggles to maintain control over the hearts and minds of the nation's citizenry, the government's dissenters engage in simple, yet groundbreaking, acts of civil disobedience that could very well result in imprisonment, torture, or death or any combination of the three. Iran Sous le Voile des Apparences was selected for participation in a number of film festivals in 2002 and 2003, including the 2003 Sundance International Film Festival.

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Iran, Islam, Muslim, totalitarianism