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Tehran Taboo - animated drama about prohibitions in modern Iran

Media Arts Center San Diego
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Sex and corruption are at the forefront of this stunning animated drama from director Ali Soozandeh, who crafts an intoxicating feature with several interconnected narratives about prohibitions in modern Iranian society.

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.

Critic Quotes:
“These tales are brimming with urgency and conflict and serve as powerful reminders of the liberties and autonomy those of us living in the free world too often take for granted.” -LA Times
“Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges.” -RogerEbert.com

Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Ali Soozandeh
Country: Germany, Austria
Language: Farsi with English Subtitles

Friday, April 6: 1:00
Saturday, April 7: 1:00, 5:00
Sunday, April 8: 11:00AM, 7:30
Monday, April 9: 3:00, 9:00
Tuesday, April 10: 1:00, 7:00
Wednesday, April 11: 3:00, 9:00
Thursday, April 12: 11:00AM, 5:00

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1xOvRjU0c

$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online.

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