5 Best Iran Documentaries

Saturday, March 26 by Andrea Miller

Do you want to check out the 5 best Iran documentaries? These true-life stories explore various aspects of the Middle Eastern nation. Though not all these films are in English, they are available with subtitles. Read on for the list of enlightening Iran documentaries:

  1. "Kick in Iran" (2010). This documentary is about the first Iranian woman to ever qualify for the Olympic games and the struggles she faced while training in a nation where women are still considered subordinate to men. Maryam Azarmehr dedicated her whole life to training for Tae Kwon Do. But her dedication to sports makes her an outsider in Iranian society. The movie was nominated for the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
  2. "Iran is Not the Problem" (2008). This political documentary is about the failings on the American mass media in providing a fair and unbiased view of the conflict between the United States and Iran. Specifically, the film disputes the claims that Iran is a nuclear menace planning to destroy the United States. The movie debuted on video on the United States in July 2008.
  3. "A Cry From Iran" (2007). This is the story of an Iranian citizen who was condemned to death for his Christian faith. After his sentence was placed, he disappeared, and his body was found twelve days later, stabbed 26 times. This documentary is unique because the filmmakers are actually the two sons of the subject of the movie.
  4. "Iran Is My Home" (2003). This documentary is about a filmmaker from Iran who moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and was unable to return for 24 years. The movie focuses on his first return visit to his homeland. Though he is saddened by the state of his home country, he is heartened by the nostalgia and memories from his childhood.
  5. "Iran: Voices of the Unheard" (2009). The stories of Iranians who oppose their restrictive government are told in this American documentary. The center of their stories is the upheaval following the 2009 elections. The movie was shot secretly, without approval from the Iranian government, and thus gives an unbiased look at the fates of three different groups of people.
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