Americans have long seen Iran as a mysterious boogeyman, its citizenry virulently anti-American and its government dangerously belligerent. Scenes of American flag burnings, shouts of "Death to America!" and images of forbidding ayatollahs have graced American televisions since the 1979 Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis.
Iran's current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, continues to encourage American fears with bellicose sound bites and a nuclear program. Tensions have risen as these two countries have traded rhetorical barbs, with the U.S. dubbed the "Great Satan", and Iran given the dubious distinction of membership in George W. Bush's "Axis of Evil". But aside from the war of words stoked by politicians and pundits, how much do Americans and Iranians really know about one another?
Link TV's Bridge to Iran series seeks to fill in the knowledge gap by giving Americans a unique glimpse into the lives of ordinary Iranians, through the power of documentary film. A showcase of five documentaries by contemporary independent Iranian filmmakers living and working in Iran, Bridge to Iran shatters preconceived notions about a nation and culture that most Americans know little about and have never experienced firsthand.
The series covers a wide range of subjects about ordinary life in Iran: young girls facing womanhood within an Islamic society; religious pilgrims who risk their lives to visit a holy site in war-torn Iraq; rural life and political awareness; and an energetic and surprising exploration of Tehran as a mega metropolis. Each documentary in the series will be introduced by the Bridge to Iran series host Salome Azizi, and followed by an exclusive, in-depth interview with the filmmaker.
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