Sweden / France / Qatar 2017, 74 min, Farsi, Hebrew & English subtitles
When Saeid Sadeghi documented the Iran-Iraq War, all he saw was the lust for battle burning in the eyes of 12 year-olds, the love in the eyes of their parents who had sent them to war, and the religious zeal in the eyes of the soldiers. He was captivated by the magic of war, “so beautiful, we couldn’t see the death”. His photographs were—and still are—used as war propaganda for recruiting future martyrs. Today, 38 years later, tormented by guilt for the part he played in creating propaganda that sent a million people to their graves, Sadeghi goes in search of the surviving subjects of his works. Lyrically narrated by Sadeghi himself, his journey is a rare opportunity to see the surprising and hidden sides of Iran.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, FIPA
Production: Nima Sarvestani
Production Company: Nimafilm
Script: Maryam Ebrahimi, Jesper Osmund
Editing: Jesper Osmund
Cinematography: Zare Zahraie
Music: Stefan Levin
Maryam Ebrahimi was born in Tehran 1976. She studied art at the University of Art in Tehran and continiues her education in Sweden. She co-directed and produced Nima Film’s 2012 documentary ‘No Burqas Behind Bars’, set in an Afghan women’s prison which won International Emmy award in 2014.