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Twenty Days that Shook Tehran

Ali Razi

Ali Razi (Iran/France) | Iran | 2010 | 98 min | Persian spoken, English subtitles

Voices from the Middle East, in collaboration with Beeld voor Beeld – Documentary Film Festival on Cultural Diversity

In May 2009, Iranian director Ali Razi (based in France) embarked on an improbable project in Iran. It involved immersing himself in the electoral campaign preceding the presidential election of 12 June with his theatre company, and to crystallize the experience in the form of a theatrical performance improvised on one of the mountains surrounding Tehran. Twenty Days That Shook Tehran takes us to meetings organised by supporters of the candidates, president Ahmadinejad and his two reforming challengers, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. These rowdy proceedings are interspersed with discussions between the heroine of the film and her friends: what meaning should be given to this election?