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Tehran Taboo

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

Dir. Ali Soozandeh • 2018 • German-Austrian • Drama • 96 mins • Cert 15

In the Iranian capital of Tehran strict religious law coexists amongst the hidden taboo world of sex, drugs and corruption.

An unlikely group of Tehran residents find connection, comfort and support from one another, becoming intertwined in each other’s lives of prostitution, operations to ‘restore’ virginity, gender politics and familial dispute. They soon come to realise that they are not alone in the margins of Iranian society.  

Told through exceptionally captivating rotoscope animation, Tehran Taboo is an insightful, tense and at times alarming, journey through the dark underbelly of contemporary Iran.

We will start the programme with short film ‘F*ck The Boxes’ by Abel Rubinstein before the feature.

Fuck The Boxes follows a gay 20-year-old student Dan and his best friend Ray. When they decide to share their joint with a couple boys in the park, Dan discovers jealousy, an emotion he’s not used to. Throughout the night he has the choice to either confront his alien feelings or blow them off for another one night stand.


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