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A Night in Tehran - UK Film Premiere & Book Launch

Transit Tehran

4 February 2009 - Bristol
5 February 2009 - London
6 February 2009 - Manchester

"You know nothing about our country. Come in, be entertained and learn."

UK Film Premiere

Three New Documentaries by young Iranian filmmakers
Produced by Maziar Bahari for BBC World Service Trust

Book Launch

Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations
Edited by Malu Halasa and Maziar Bahari


Presented by BBC World Service Trust, Parallax Media, Off-Centre Production and the Prince Claus Fund Library with Curzon Cinemas, supported by Iran Heritage Foundation, Arts Council England and Garnet Publishing.


"You know nothing about our country. Come in, be entertained and learn," is the collective claim of a group of young Iranians whose films were produced by Maziar Bahari with the support of BBC World Service Trust. These fast-Paced and entertaining films introduce us to a new Iran and new filmmaking in the country thirty years after the Iranian revolution. These films open a window to sides of Iran which are rarely covered in media report about the country.

In conjunction with the films is the launch of Maziar Bahari and Malu Halasa's anthology of new writing and images from Iran: Transit Tehran, Young Iran and Its Inspirations (Garnet Publishing/Prince Claus Fund Library, 2009).


A truly insightful account of the real Iran the Iran we never hear above the hubbub of rhetoric and allegation. This is the Iran so many of us who travel there know and both admire and think about. It is the Iran that defies politics and economics and remains somehow simply Persian.
Jon Snow, Channel Four News

A wonderfully illustrative view of Iran's young, hip and avant garde. Westerners take note: They are here and will be heard.
Fareed Zakaria, Editor of Newsweek International

Malu Halasa is an editor and journalist. She is co-editor of Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (Saqi Books, 2004), Transit Beirut: New Writing and Images (Saqi Books, 2004), Kaveh Golestan 1950 2003: Recording the Truth in Iran (Hatje Cantz, 2007) and The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie (Chronicle Books, 2008).

Maziar Bahari has been a journalist and filmmaker for the past ten years. His films include And Along Came a Spider, Mohammad and the Matchmaker, The Voyage of the St Louis, Targets: Reporters in Iraq and Greetings from Sadr City. He is the only filmmaker who has worked consistently in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Maziar Bahari writes for Newsweek from Tehran and makes news documentaries for Channel Four and the BBC. His plays include A Fairly Justified Revenge and Abu Ghraib.

The Films

My City Pizza by Ala Mohseni 2008 (26 min)
In Persian with English Subtitles
A showcase of the fascination of Tehranis with pizza as something more than just a food in Iran. It is a sign of modernity, an object of desire and potential threat against traditional values.

Of Men and Motorcycles by Shahriar Siami 2008 (26 mins)
In Persian with English Subtitles
The film follows the life of Abbas, a migrant from the provinces who, like many young Iranians, can't get a decent job except working on a motorcycle as a cabbie and deliveryman, navigating the dangerous Tehran traffic in order to support his family.

Behind the Wheel of by Sahar Salahshoori 2008 (26 min)
In Persian with English Subtitles
The story of another cab driver, Nasrin, and the daily struggles she faces as a single mother and divorcee.

Venues, Dates and Times

February 4, 2009
6:00 PM
The Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5T
+ Q&A with director Shahriar Siami and writer Malu Halasa
Tickets: 6/4.50 conc.

February 5, 2009
7:00 PM
Renoir Cinema, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AW
+ Q&A with Channel Four news presenter Jon Snow, director Shahriar Siami, Maziar Bahari and Malu Halasa
Tickets: 8/7 conc.
Box office: 0871 7033 99,

February 6, 2009
6:25 PM
The Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
+ Q&A with Maziar Bahari and Malu Halasa
Tickets: 7/5 conc.
Box office: 0161 200 1500,


Maziar Bahari, Email:
Malu Halasa, Tel: +44 (20) 7839 7745,
James Neil, Tel: +44 (7876) 067 611,

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