Nose Iranian Style (2006)

Run Time - 52 min.  |   Countries - Iran  |  
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While a number of filmmakers and sociologists have weighed in on the growing popularity of plastic surgery among young people in America and what this says about the self-image of teens, what few people know is that more nose jobs are performed in Iran each year than in any other country in the world -- between sixty and seventy thousand annually. A large and growing percentage of young people in Iran, hoping to adopt a more "western" appearance, have their noses made smaller through rhinoplasty, even young Moslem women who hide most of their faces with traditional scarves. Filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei explores this phenomenon in his documentary Damagh Be Sakbe Irani (aka Nose Iranian Style), in which he interviews a number of teens who have either had the operation or are considering it, the parents to give their blessings to this practice (and their money to the plastic surgeon), and trends in Middle Eastern culture which may be contributing to this wave of new noses.