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A film by Mehran Tamadon presskit_bassidji_engl_web


In a desert, on a hill, men and women in chadors and children are wandering in a vast open air “museum” dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war. This is the Iranian new year, we are close to the Iraqi border. I’m following my guide. He’s tall and charismatic. His name is Nader Malek-Kandi. For almost three years, I’ve decided to immerse myself in the very heart of the most extremist supporters of the Islamic republic of Iran (the bassidjis), to better understand their paradigms. We are from the same country, however everything divides us. I can only hurt their convictions being an atheist Iranian, living in France, and son of communist activists under the Shah’s regime. Nevertheless, we engage a dialog. But, between seduction and rhetoric games, moments of truth and the reality of the political and religious system they support, how far are we ready to give up some of our respective convictions to perceive and understand one another ?


Director Mehran TAMADON Writer Mehran TAMADON With the collaboration of Laetitia LEMERLE Producers Catherine DUSSART – CDP (France) Franck HULLIARD – INTERLAND (France) Elena TATTI et Thierry SPICHER – BOX PRODUCTIONS (Swiss) Mehran TAMADON (Iran) Camera Majid GORJIAN Editing Andrée DAVANTURE &  Rodolphe MOLLA Sound editing and mixing Jérôme CUENDET Color grading Cécile CHEURLOT Translation and subtitles Caroline LEMERLE Graphics François DULEX – OFICINA Production assistants  Pascale PIGEON  &  Elodie BRUNNER Administrator Béatrice HANNEQUIN With the support of Centre National de la Cinématographie – MEDIA Plus Programme de la Communauté Européenne – Slate funding La Région Ile-de-France And the participation of Fonds Sud Cinéma, Ministère de la culture et de la communication –CNC, Ministère des affaires étrangères, France La Télévision Suisse Romande – Unité des films © 2009 / CDP – INTERLAND – BOX PRODUCTIONS – MEHRAN TAMADON


Festival de Nyon (Suisse) Rencontres documentaires de Lussas Festival des Films du Monde Montréal (Québec) Canada Festival des 3 Continents Nantes Festival International de Toronto Festival International des Films Documentaires et d’Animation de Leipzig (Allemagne) Festival de Popoli (Italie) Grand prix de la compétition internationale du Festival de Jihlava, en République Tchèque

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