Sep 29, 2006

Jews of Iran (Joden uit Iran) فیلم یهودیان ایران

Jews of Iran (Joden uit Iran)

Documentary / 52 min. / The Netherlands / 2005
Persian Spoken, English subtitled and narrated


Director / Producer: Ramin Farahani
Commissioning Editor: Annet Betsalel
Research / Script: Ramin Farahani
Camera: Soheil Mohseni, Farzin Khosroshahi, Fereydoon Shirdel
Editing: Ramin Farahani, Hamid Reza Fard
Sound Recordist: Mohammad Emami
Sound Mixing: Juan Morales
Poduction: NIK Media ( Jewish Broadcaster of Dutch National TV )

Plot Summary

The Jewish settlement in Iran dates back to 2700 years. The Islamic Revolution of 1979 resulted in the departure of many Jews from the country. This film concentrates on Jews living in Iran presently, with an eye on recent historic developments.

In Tehran, young and old Jews speak about different kinds of discrimination. However, there are also positive aspects, such as a close friendship between two tolerant Muslim and Jewish families.
There is a strong and responsive bond between the Jewish community. A lonely elderly woman from the old Jewish neighborhood of Tehran is treated for free at the Jewish hospital.

In Isfahan, we witness the love and passion that the main characters have developed for the place they live in. Soleiman Sassoon is a Jewish artist who finds inspiration in Iranian art and Islamic architecture.

In Shiraz, the film focuses more on an espionage case against the Jews. Parallel to this, we follow a young Jewish boy who is interested in computers and music. The film ends with a prayer before the Jewish New Year at a synagogue in Tehran

Festivals & Screenings

Oxdox International film festival, Oxford, UK, April 2009
The Spiro Ark, London UK, June 2007
Avi Chai Institute, Jerusalem June/July 2007
Houston Jewish Film Festival March 2007
Chicago Jewsih Broadcasting Network March 2007
Concordia University Montreal February 2007
Alaska Jewish Film Festival February 2007
Sephardic Jewish Film Festival New York, February 2007
Jewish Eye Film Festival Beer Sheva November 2006
Nashville Jewish Film Festival US, November 2006
L.A. Sephardic Jewish Film Festival November 2006
San Jose Jewish Film Festival October 2006
San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival July, August 2006
Wahington DC JFF Screening Room May 2006
Seattle Jewish Film Festival March 2006
Broward County Jewish Film Festival, Florida, February 2006
Allentown Jewish Film Festival USA, February 2006
Museum of Tolerance LA, USA, January 2006
New York Jewish Film Festival January 2006
Makor, New York, December 2005
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival USA, December 2005
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival November 2005
CIJOH, LA USA October 2005
New Zealand International Documentary Festival September 2005
Toronto Jewish Film Festival May 2005

Joden uit Iran werd uitgezonden op Nederland 1, op 27 en 31 maart 2005 en 8 en 12 Januari 2006. Bestellen Nederlandse versie

- Main Program / 9th Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adoults / Iran / 1993
- Prize for the best Sound Design / also Nominated for Directing and Photography / 11th Festival of Young Cinema / Iran / 1994
- Nominated for Directing, Editing and best Actor / Vahdat Film Festival / Iran / 1993 /

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