THE UNSEEN

KAGHAZ-PAREH HA

By Behzad NALBANDI

IRANIAN INDEPENDENTS - as SALES All rights

Documentary - Completed 2019

How urban beautification changes the city face? Just through rounding up the so-called unsavory and unseen characters?!

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Busan IFF 2019
Wide Angle - Documentary Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film, Animation
    • Countries
    • IRAN
    • Languages
    • FARSI
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 63 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Behzad NALBANDI
    • Writer(s)
    • Behzad NALBANDI
    • Producer(s)
    • Behzad NALBANDI
    • Synopsis
    • During the times when Tehran hosts foreign dignitaries, the local authorities clean up Tehran’s urban image through an ‘urban beautification’ process which includes the rounding up of unsavory characters from the city streets; i.e. drug addicts and prostitutes. The men are released after a few days but the women are kept as wards of the state in perpetuity. They are sent to holding centers on the outskirts of the city where no records are kept by the social workers; these women cease to exist.

      A friend of my sister, happened to work in one of these detention centers, and she helped me go there with a recorder and interview some of the women without any officials. I explained to each woman what I was doing and asked for their permission and promised them not to film them.

      This animated documentary attempts to give a just voice to homeless women taken off the streets against their will, stripped of their rights and kept incarcerated until their lives end.
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