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Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!

Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!

Tehran anar nadarad
Massoud Bakhshi
Iran
2006
68 min
n.a.
Focus: Fabrications
Synopsis

“All the characters and events in this film seem to be real, but it’s not true!” reads a disclaimer that appears right after the opening credits of Massoud Bakhshi’s wayward portrait of Tehran. By then, the director has already read aloud his letter to the chairman of the Iranian film fund, in voice-over, stating that he has not been able to complete his documentary on Tehran for various reasons—mostly, as he points out towards the end of his film, because making it would be a waste of time.

Instead, Bakhshi treats us to an intelligently edited musical compilation of all the archive footage he collected and the images he shot of the city over the past five years. Starting from the beautiful village it once was (where, according to an account from the 13th century, exceptionally delicious pomegranates grew), the film skips between the city’s past and present.

The journey takes us through various oppressors, collective opium addiction, the Tehran Conference and the Islamic Revolution to the explosive growth of the metropolis and the current transportation problem. What makes Tehran stand out today? Being on top of the list of most polluted cities in the world.

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Credits
68 min
color / black and white
35mm
Spoken languages: Persian
Director
    Massoud Bakhshi
    Massoud Bakhshi
Production
    Massoud Bakhshi for DEFC - Documentary and Experimental Film Center
    Massoud Bakhshi for DEFC - Documentary and Experimental Film Center
Cinematography
    Byram Fazli
    Byram Fazli
Editing
    Ali Mohammad Ghasemi,
    Mohsen Shahabi
    Ali Mohammad Ghasemi,
    Mohsen Shahabi
Sound
    Ali Reza Yousefi
    Ali Reza Yousefi
Music
    Mohsen Namjoo,
    Navid Afghah
    Mohsen Namjoo,
    Navid Afghah
Screenplay
    Massoud Bakhshi
    Massoud Bakhshi
Narration
    Massoud Bakhshi
    Massoud Bakhshi
Narrator
    Nosrat Karimi
    Nosrat Karimi
Screening copy
    Bon Gah
    Bon Gah
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Fabrications investigates the image of truth often associated with documentaries. With a selection of films, we probe the difference between reality and realism and look at how films attempt to address this through a deliberate mix of fiction and documentary technique.Focus: Fabrications is supported by Vfonds.
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