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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


    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.

    Actors (2)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Requin

    French distribution :

    Les Films Sauvages

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Films Transit International

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    Photos (4)

    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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    Production formats :

    Super 8

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    Audio format :

    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)