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And How Miserable Is the Home of Evil

And How Miserable Is the Home of Evil

Va saraye setamkaaran bad manzalgaahist
Saleh Kashefi
Switzerland
2023
7 min
Dutch Premiere
Paradocs
Synopsis

The video is authentic, and perhaps the audio too, but the combination of the two is fictional—for now, at least. We see the Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei taking refuge in a mosque, surrounded by his followers. Meanwhile, we hear the protests outside becoming increasingly furious and violent. This is a documentary about the near future of Iran, maker Saleh Kashefi hopes.

The Iranian filmmaker, who has now fled to Switzerland, delved into the archives of Khamenei's website, which contain endless videos of sermons and speeches that Iran’s supreme leader has given over the years. Kashefi places the images in a new context; through his careful selection and editing, he shows Khamenei not as the strong leader he likes to present himself as, but as a desperate dictator in his vulnerable final moments.

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Credits
7 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Persian
Director
    Saleh Kashefi
    Saleh Kashefi
Production
    Saleh Kashefi for L'artifice
    Saleh Kashefi for L'artifice
Editing
    Saleh Kashefi
    Saleh Kashefi
Screening copy
    Saleh Kashefi
    Saleh Kashefi
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