A Revolution, Televised.

A Revolution, Televised.

19 documentaries and 5 supplementary films about the 1979 revolution.
Available from Feb 10th to Feb 25.

A Revolution, Televised.

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  • For Freedom

    Directed by Hossein Torabi • 1979 • Iran 
    Pure “Direct Cinema”: Hossein Torabi films the events without knowing their outcome: Processions of mourning and jubilation, scenes after the fire in the “Cinema Rex” in Abadan, southern Iran, in which 377 viewers died; the famous interview with the Shah ...

  • The Pulse of History

    Directed by Asghar Fardoust, Davoud Kanaani • 1979 • Iran 
    In the early days of the revolution, three young cameramen working for the National TV take their cameras out on to the streets of Tehran to capture the people’s revolution. This documentary, covers the revolutionary events from 8 Septemb...

  • Iranian Women's Liberation Movement, Year Zero

    Directed by Claudine Mulard • 1979 • France 
    "Mouvement de Libération des Femmes Iraniennes, Année Zéro"
    In 1979, Iranian Women invite the American feminist Kate Millett to celebrate March 8, the International Women's Day, in Tehran. On March 7, the religious leaders announce that women have to w...

  • First Case, Second Case

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1979 • Iran 
    This banned and rarely seen pseudo-documentary by Kiarostami is a testimony to his seldom acknowledged political shrewdness and his objective, complex perspective on the tumultuous events of the late 70s in Iran, culminating in the revolution. Remarkabl...

  • The Newborns

    Directed by Kianoush Ayari • 1979 • Iran 
    Kianoush Ayari’s documentary captures rare scenes of everyday life on the streets of Tehran in the months following the revolution of 1979 — that somewhat utopian period between revolutionary violence and the formation of a full fledged Islamic Republic.

  • Search One

    Directed by Amir Naderi • 1980 • Iran 
    Amir Naderi's first feature documentary in which he searches for those who went missing after the massacre of ‘Black Friday’ on September 8, 1978.

  • Iran, Utopia in the Making

    Directed by Jocelyne Saab • 1980 • Lebanon 
    The Iranian revolution leads to the Shah’s downfall and installation of the Islamic Republic. Avoiding the more sensational elements of the news this film questions Iranian society as a whole to try to understand what this wave of change means for the M...

  • Rites of Spring

    Directed by Ali Asghar Agahbanaei • 1982 • Iran 
    An experimental documentary that takes world-building to an entirely new level, Rites of Spring showcases fragments of Iran’s history before, during, and after the Revolution of 1979. It begins with scenes of daily life, working-class people, and e...

  • Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution

    Directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun • 2006 • Iran 
    Throughout the twentieth century, Iranian filmmakers never ceased to fight against monarchical and then Islamic power. From this confrontation, an original cinematography emerged and is today exported worldwide. This documentary reveals the story o...

  • Night Story

    Directed by Abbas Amini • 2008 • Iran 
    A short documentary by Abbas Amini investigates the Cinema Rex fire in Abadan on the 30th anniversary of that tragedy.

  • 14th of Aban, The Day of Fire

    Directed by Robert Safarian • 2008 • Iran 
    This Film is about one day of Iranian Revolution, 14th of Aban 1357 (5 Nov. 1978), the day Tehran was set on fire. From the beginning question arose who set the buildings on fire, SAVAK (security police of Shah) or the demonstrators. What can be understo...

  • In Search

    Directed by Susan Bayani • 2009 • Iran 
    To mark the 30th anniversary of the revolution, Susan Bayani makes a short documentary about “Search One” by Amir Naderi and the challenges he had to go through to make his first ever documentary in 1980.

  • Once Upon a Time For Freedom

    Directed by Mehdi Asadi • 2009 • Iran 
    In 2009, on the 30th anniversary of the revolution, Mehdi Asadi decides to make a short documentary about a feature film by Hossein Torabi called “For Freedom”.

  • Lost Ones

    Directed by Elham Hosseinzadeh • 2009 • Iran 
    Three decades after Kianoush Ayari made Newborns, a feature documentary about the early days of the revolution, Elham Hosseinzadeh joins Ayari to discuss this long-forgotten film.

  • The Footage that Disappeared

    Directed by Hamid Jafari • 2010 • Iran 
    Inspired by the most important film derived from the magnificent work of three cameramen in the early days of the revolution, Hamid Jafari wants to know what happened to the remaining rushes of “The Pulse of History”.

  • Into Thin Air

    Directed by Mohammadreza Farzad • 2010 • Iran 
    A short documentary film about the bloody massacre of innocent Iranian people in the birth month of the director, September 8 of 1979. it concentrates on a less than minute horrifying footage of the bloody killing of people who were unaware of offici...

  • Conversation With The Revolution

    Directed by Robert Safarian • 2011 • Iran 
    The media images of the 1979 revolution are derived from a few sources that are repeatedly rearranged – and can reveal hidden stories and people. Safarian takes a personal look at the events, their cinematic presentation and the concept of revolution in ...

  • TV 1979

    Directed by Susan Bayani • 2011 • Iran 
    This documentary composed entirely of the archived footage, tells the story of the Iranian Television Broadcast employees’ 99 days strike in reaction to the imposition of martial law during the 1978-79 Iranian revolution and the appointment of a Royal Army ...

  • Blames & Flames

    Directed by Mohammadreza Farzad • 2012 • Iran 
    In 1978, on the verge of the revolution, more than 130 cinemas burned down across Iran, including 28 in Tehran. Who set them on the fire, how was it done, and why?

  • Before The Revolution

    Directed by Dan Shadur • 2013 • Israel 
    Today they may be sworn enemies, but in the 60s and 70s thousands of Israelis lived in Iran. Protected by arms deals and complex financial ties, the Israelis enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, wilfully blind to the corruption they supported. But in '79 the expa...

  • Seconds of Lead

    Directed by Seyed Reza Razavi • 2013 • Iran 
    While conducting research for her new book about the events of 8 September 1978, when dozens of demonstrators were killed by the Shah’s army, Iranian novelist Narges Abyar comes across a documentary which includes an interview with a cinema projectioni...

  • Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party

    Directed by Hassan Amini • 2016 • Iran 
    In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed 'king of kings', celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object - a lavish tent city, using 37km of silk, was erected in a specially created oasis....

  • Hidden

    Directed by Seyed Reza Razavi • 2019 • Iran 
    A female documentary filmmaker in search of the person who had filmed a 20-second footage of a massacre during 1979 Iranian revolution.

  • Filmfarsi

    Directed by Ehsan Khoshbakht • 2020 • Iran 
    Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll — Iranian style! A personal journey through the history of Iranian popular cinema before the revolution and the world of “filmfarsi”, a term referring to the rowdy and melodramatic genre films made from the early 1950s to 1979. ...