Past Film/Video

Tehran Taboo

(Ali Soozandeh, 2017)

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Using realistic CGI and rotoscope animation—in part to avoid the country’s censors—Tehran Taboo takes a striking, complex, and sometimes shocking look at the sexual double-standards that underlie daily life in contemporary Iran, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. Through multiple storylines the drama follows the intersecting lives of several characters (a prostitute, young wife, a musician, and his fiancée) who must navigate a system of taboos that actively disempower women—taboos that, for personal and practical reasons, are broken every day. (96 mins., DCP)

Film still of two women smoking hookah and a young boy eating an ice cream cone

Tehran Taboo, image courtesy of Kino Lorber

Film still of an Iranian woman and child walking down a snow-covered street

Tehran Taboo, image courtesy of Kino Lorber

Film still of an Iranian woman and child in a taxi

Tehran Taboo, image courtesy of Kino Lorber

Film still of two men standing on a balcony smoking cigarettes

Tehran Taboo, image courtesy of Kino Lorber

Film still of a woman covering herself with bed sheets

Tehran Taboo, image courtesy of Kino Lorber

Film still of musicians performing on stage

Tehran Taboo, image courtesy of Kino Lorber

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO

Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Past Film/Video

Tehran Taboo