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Taboo - Zohre & Manouchehr

Taboo - Zohre & Manouchehr

A Feature film by Mitra Farahani

Produced by Les Films du Requin

Release in France : 08/12/2004

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Actors (2)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Les Films du Requin

French distribution :

Les Films Sauvages

Film exports/foreign sales :

Films Transit International

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


How can love and sexuality find a way through the myriad of prohibitions and religious rules in contemporary Iranian society?

How did religion become a political system and managed to penetrate privacy, creating a feeling of anxiety around the subject of love and sexuality? These are the questions at the heart of Mitra Farahanis part-fictional, part-documentary film. The fiction parts are sensual visualizations of an erotic Persian poem from the 19 th century written by Iraj Mirza (famous Iranian author) The genre mix was necessary as it enabled her to reveal via the fictional and documentary elements, the contradiction between a society that once so well managed to combine culture, Islam and the art of loving.

In today’s environment a couple who embrace are forced to ask themselves if they are committing a grave sin. Sexual encounters outside of marriage are punishable by law. In TABU, Iranians, religious or liberal, young and old, women and men define love and sexuality. They talk about their past and their experiences, but also choose poetic metaphors for the words unspoken. Poetry is of fundamental importance in Iran. It is omnipresent: in the cinema, in painting and, more generally, it is embedded in the culture of each and every individual.

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Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Cyriac Auriol

Director of Photography :

Jérôme Krumenacker

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Music Composer :

Armand Amar

Sound Mixer :

Frédéric Bielle

Author of original work :

Iraj Mirza

Sound Recordist :

Serge Rouquairol

Editor :

Sou Abadi

French Distributor :

Jean-Christophe Soulageon

Technical details

Feature film

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Themes :

Poetry, Religion

Coproducer countries :

Iran, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Iran, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 10 min

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Super 8

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (5)

Ghent International Film Festival - 2004

Ghent International Film Festival (Belgium, 2004)


World Cinema - Documentaries

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2004

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2004)


French film selection

Montreal World Film Festival - 2004

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2004)


Documentaries of the World

Melbourne International Film Festival - 2004

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2004)


French films selected

Delegations (2)