My Iranian Paradise (feature length)
History & Politics
Directors: Katia Forbert Petersen & Annette Mari Olsen
Producers: Annette Mari Olsen, Karen Hjort & Katia Forbert Petersen
Produced by: Sfinx Film/TV with the support of: The Danish Film Institute, Nordic Film- and TV foundation, Images of the Middle East, The MEDIA Programme (EU Development & EU Broadcast funding) & DR. In association with: YLE, TVP, LRT, ETV & BHT.
Duration: 58 min. & feature (75-85 min.)
Year of Production: 2008
Original Title: Mit Iranske Paradis
Release: September 2008
A personal, creative documentary about the connections between Iran and the Western world, seen through the eyes of ordinary people. The director lived in Persia, present day Iran, for the first 22 years of her life. For her, it was the happiest place under the sun – today it is included in Bush’s “Axis of Evil”. Compelled to draw a line from the past to the present, she travels back to Iran. Through recent footage from the closed and inaccessible country and an abundance of rare and unique historical footage, the film uses the personal story of the director to illustrate not only aspects of present day Iran but also a crucial part in the country’s history – the time up to the Islamic Revolution, just as oil began to play its part in history. Understanding past Iran will expose the present. My Iranian Paradise depicts a people’s condition in the shade of politics – and in the light of history.