"Generation Tehran"

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Category: Video and Film
Sara Bavar  
Untied States

Description:  Women in burkhas and bearded men in turbans--is this what you think when you hear Iran? Or is it uranium enrichment and dictatorship? What if you traveled there and saw young men and women dressed in the latest fashions carrying the latest technology? What if you heard Iranian rap and saw people dancing in the streets? Would you still perceive Iran in the same way? Generation Tehran is a documentary short that will change your mind about Iran, its people, and its future. As one of the youngest populations in the world (70% are under 30), Iran's youth are helping to build a new country. The foundations they lay will not only affect the Middle East, but also extend out to the whole world. Born and raised in the United States, Iranian-American director/producer Sara Bavar wanted to create a platform for Iran's youth to speak their mind and to let the world know the truth about them--to give them a voice. This film is that single, unified voice, crying out, demanding freedoms, and dispelling preconceived notions--all of which, we in the west sometimes take for granted. Using interviews and observational footage filmed entirely on location in Tehran over the course of three months in Fall/Winter of 2006, the film will surprise, shock and leave the viewer questioning everything they knew, or thought they knew about Iran.

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