Kamran Shirdel b. 1939
Tehran Is the Capital of Iran (1966)
Duration: 18:23, B&W
Commissioned by The Organization of The Iranian Women [sic], Tehran is the Capital of Iran is a documentary about the South Tehran slum of Khazaneh. The film presents us with images of unfathomable poverty and suffering and sets them against various expressions of official narratives of the Shah's "white revolution" era: a representative of the The Organization of The Iranian Women [sic] pontificates on the "duty of the individual" and illiterate mothers and children learn to read using texts describing minutia of the monarchy. The result is a portrait of a government that seems painfully impertinent in the face of the realities of destitution. Upon completion, the film was banned and production of a second commission, Qaleh, was ceased.
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