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  • Iran
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In the early hours of Friday, September 20, 1978, a curfew was announced in Tehran and several other cities in Iran. That same morning, soldiers positioned in Jaleh Square, in the heart of Iran's capital, opened fire on the people uninformed of the curfew. The exact number of the killed and the missing, most of whom were everyday people, has never been known. Not only the eyes of the cameras missed this slaughter of innocent people but it faced also the state-run media censorship. Before this film, the only cinematic evidence of this incident was a less-than-a-minute footage from an unidentified person's camera; an evidence which was published as a document afterthe fall of the governing regime and turned into one of the most horrendous reminiscences of the 1987 revolution. "Into Thin Air" is the picture-reading of a documented reminiscence and a narrative of the "victim" on the fringe of all political massacres. This might be the story of all yesterday and today's victims of political massacres in my home and that of yours.

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  • Original title
    Into Thin Air
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mohammadreza Farzad
  • DOP
    Reza Teymouri
  • Editing
    Farahnaz Sharifi
  • Sound
    Mehrshad Malakouti
  • Duration
    25 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Iran
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Tehran International short film festival, 2011
    • Berlin International film festival, 2011
    • Montreal World Film Festival, 2011
    • CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011
    • Hot springs International Documentary film Festival, USA, 2011
    • Oberhausen International Short film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, 2011
    • DMZ Docs International Documentary film festival, South Korea, 2011
    • Docudays International Documentary Film Festival, Lebanon, 2011
    • Crime and Punishment International Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011
    • Document 9 International Human Rights film festival, Glasgow, Scotland, 2011
    • PravoLjudski International film festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, 2011
    • Batumi International Film Festival, Georgia, 2011
    • Singapore International Film Festival, 2011
    • Asiatica Film Mediale film festival, Rome, Italy, 2011
    • Al Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan, 2011
    • Freedom Human Rights Film Festival, Malaysia, 2011
    • Aljazeera Documentary film festival, Doha, Qatar 2011
    • Molodist International Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, 2011
    • Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt, 2011
    • Ruyesh International film festival, Mashhad, Iran, 2011
    • Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, 2012
    • Middle East Film Festival, Edinbrough, Scotland, 2012
    • Baghdad International Film Festival,Iraq, 2012
    • Walker Art Centre, Minnesota, USA, 2012
    • 10th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, France, 2012
    • Prague Iranian Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2012
    • 1001 International Documentary film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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