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Coming Out: The Youth of Iran

3/24/05 Documentary by Yasmin Vossoughian

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Yasmin's film has been selected as a finalist for a talent competition on the website of INDTV, a new news organization chaired by former senator and US presidential candidate Al Gore. Every vote Yasmin receives for her efforts will go a long way toward showing that the public is interested in hearing more than just the regular stereotypes about life in Iran; it will also assure that international news coverage will remain a significant part of INDTV's long-term editorial agenda.

About the film
Growing up as an Iranian American has taught me that in order for us to understand other cultures we have to see and hear their stories. That's why I chose to do a documentary on Iran, a country at the epicenter of controversy, and most importantly where my family is from. Sexuality holds special interest for me because it's a taboo subject in Islamic society, but very much a part of the lives of young people who make up 60% of the population. I wanted to represent Iranian youth as they are, in their own element without the clouded view of politics or revolution just people. This is also something that societies across the world can relate to.

Yasmin Vossoughian's Biography
Before working on documentaries I was involved in campaigning with various political figures, as well as entertainment television production. I was born in New York in 1978 by parents who left Iran for the United States in 1969. I attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and graduated in 2000. Since then I have been working on documentaries in order to contribute to the strength of storytelling during the evolution of media outlets.

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