Director: Sam Ali Kashani ~ 63 minutes ~ Iran/US
Like the majority of Iranian-American families that ultimately settled in California, Sam Ali Kashani's family came to the United States after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Sam however, was thoroughly American, leading a lifestyle typical of any young Californian. Therefore, his perspective of Iran was much like most Americans, colored by skewed media portrayals and political constructions. Yet, the Tehran he observed upon his arrival was anything but what he had seen on the television: the bustling, modern city squares; the influence of Western culture on the adolescents and young professionals, and the vibrant calls for social reform. Tehran: Another Side is a tale of the dynamic city from the eyes of one Iranian-American, which strips the camera from political filtering and humanizes its people with sincerity and honesty.
Sam Ali Kashaniwas born in New Jersey in 1985, grew up in Los Angeles where he attended film school at California State University, Northridge. He received his B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts in 2006, and shortly after, visited Iran for the very first time. It was then that he decided the subject matter of his first project: the misconceptions people have in regards to contemporary Iranian society. The following summer, he returned to Iran where he wrote, directed, and produced his debut documentary "Tehran: Another Side". Sam's next few projects focus more on the booming underground culture in Iran, specifically the hip-hop movement taking place among the youth. Currently, Sam is a second-year medical student, however he continues to be active in producing films centered around modern-day Iranian culture.
Tehran: Another Side will be screened at the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco:
September 19-20, 2009
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