The walls of buildings in Tehran have long been a mirror reflecting the country's turbulent history. Calls for the overthrow of the Shah have been written on the city's walls. When television and radio lost their credibility, walls were used to post information about current events. They have been decorated with the monumental portraits of national heroes casting fiery glances at passers-by. Times change, however, and so do cities. The heroes' faces have clearly mellowed, and the revolutionary slogans have given way to colorful and tacky commercials. Tehran has become yet another capitalist metropolis. Keywan Karimi's film is a brilliant and fascinating essay. A kaleidoscope of archival and contemporary footage is complemented by extensive voice-overs in which literary panache goes hand in hand with intellectual rigor. For Writing on the City, Karimi was sentenced to flogging and six years in prison for insulting the sanctity of Islam. His sentence was eventually reduced to one year.
International Documentary FF of Navarra Punto de Vista 2016 – Special Mention
Born in 1985, Keywan Karimi is an independent Iranian filmmaker. He studied Social Sciences at the University of Tehran. Inspired by situationalism, he subjects the lives of Iranians to critical analysis in his work. For Writing on the City, he was sentenced to flogging and six years in prison for insulting the sanctity of Islam. His sentence was eventually reduced to one year.
2012 Marze Shekaste / Broken Border (doc., short)
2012 Napisane miasto / Neveshtan bar shahr / Writing on the City (doc.)
2013 Zan va shohar Karegar (short)