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Born in southern Iran in 1980 shortly after the Islamic Revolution, photographer Gohar Dashti’s series Life During Wartime reflects the feelings of a post-war generation. The unresolved issues of social poverty and the ensuing war with Iraq derailed their social prospects, resulting in a time of isolation and unprecedented despair.
“With so much impressive art to draw on, this film is a visual treat, but what really elevates it as a documentary is the strength of the interviews – strong voices with sometimes clashing agendas, each offering a unique perspective on a country “which seems to have a revolution every 30 years.” Iran is in flux and none of the women speaking here is sure what the outcome will be, though many are hopeful. It’s often said that suffering makes a great artist, and this film suggests that the suffering of a nation can have a similar effect.”
Film critic Jennie Kermode, UK’s Eye for Film
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