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Writing on the City

Keywan Karimi
Neveshtan bar shahr
Iran 2012 / 60’
We Only Live Twice. Moving Images From Iran - curator tour

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.

Piotr Mirski

awards

International Documentary FF of Navarra Punto de Vista 2016 – Special Mention

Keywan Karimi

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.

Filmography

2012 Marze Shekaste / Broken Border (doc., short)

2012 Napisane miasto / Neveshtan bar shahr / Writing on the City (doc.)

2013 Zan va shohar Karegar (short)

2016 Drum

Cast & Crew

director Keywan Karimi
screenplay Keywan Karimi
cinematography Arastoo madahi givi, archival footage
editing Farahnaz Sharifi
music Bamdad Afshar
cast Salman Razavi, Farahnaz Sharifi
producer Keywan Karimi, Masoud Kowsari
production Key Film
language Persian
colouration colour & b&w