A new documentary called Raving Iran looks to uncover the secretive world of underground dance music in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
Directed by Susanne Regina Meures, a Swiss filmmaker, the documentary addresses the hardships of following your dreams for two local DJs Anoosh and Arash. They are extremely passionate about pursuing dance music and are “tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career." In order to follow their heart, they "organize one last manic techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert.”
The Iranian government has banned Western music, among other things, which has lead to cultural oppression in the country.
“Back in Tehran they try their luck selling their illegally printed music album without permission,” according to the film's synopsis. “When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world. Once landed in Switzerland, the haze of the instant euphoria evaporates quickly when the seriousness of the situation starts to dawn on them.”
The film does not have a release date, but is being shown at a number fo film festivals, including the Iranian Film Festival in Zurich. Watch the trailer below, view more confirmed dates and find more information via the film's website.
April 15-24 – Vision du Reel, Nyon
April 28 – May 8 – Hot Docs, Toronto
May 5-15 – DOK.fest, Munich
May 12-18 – Bel Docs, Belgrade
May 26-June 1 – Iranian Film Festival, Zurich