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The Skin That Burns: A documentary about chemical warfare in Iran

As war drums beat for a war on Iran, a new documentary gives an intimate look at the long-term effects of war on society. The Skin That Burns, shot in four cities in Iran in 2011 and 2012, is directed by Narges Bajoghli, with Executive Producers Marco Williams and Ramin Bajoghli and Producers Cheryl Furjanic and Noelle Stout.

The untold story from a generation of survivors of chemical warfare

Screened thus far in New York and Hiroshima, the film is the story of Iran's volunteer soldiers who were exposed to chemical bombs during the Iran-Iraq War.

The Skin That Burns film follows veteran Ahmad Salimi, who is now legally blind and has scars throughout his body due to burns from exposure to chemical weapons over 20 years ago. Ahmad's story reveals the deadly affects of chemical bombs that are rarely talked about in modern warfare. This film is Ahmad's story as he struggles to stay alive and fights for peace.


The Skin That Burns explores questions surrounding the controversial issue of chemical warfare, families struggling with disability and illness, and the determination to live, despite it all.

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  • Executive Producers: Marco Williams, Ramin Bajoghli
  • Producers: Cheryl Furjanic, Noelle Stout
  • Director: Narges Bajoghli
  • Editors: Narges Bajoghli and Ramin Bajoghli
  • Director of Photography: Ramin Bajoghli

Director Narges Bajoghli is a PhD student in Anthropology and the Program in Culture and Media at New York University. She is the director of the Chemical Victims Oral History Project in Tehran, and has spent over five years researching and working in Iran. The Skin That Burns results from over six years of work on chemical warfare in the Iran-Iraq War.


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