Unfocused documentary that trots out the same old questions and answers in its examination of Islamic society. Meant to focus on the 'Bassidji' the film loses it way. The most interesting scene is when the subject of women's questions comes up and the open disdain and doctrine shine through. ' Perhaps we should go to another room without the camera and convince you in another way' Even in jest...chilling.
(Unfortunately) as an Iranian I've seen and heard the fascination with questioning or engaging in (safe) dialogue with the authority all my education years, this is one too many.
Same old questions, same old answers; mediocre documentary.
Interesting but too steady. It is probably something about fear or something else related to fear that kept the kinematic language so quiet. The topic is war, but the sequence of images are somehow plenty of peace. It also might be that only the idiographic perspective sheds light into that specific experience.
I felt like he was always trying to make his point, which gets in the way of empathizing with someone. Bending his efforts to show how confusing Their beliefs are ended up backfiring.
By watching it I learnt better how not to approach people with whom I disagree.
Creo que lo más fascinante de este documental es lo clara que deja la imposibilidad, llegados a un punto, de cualquier cambio de postura en personas profundamente comprometidas con una ideología. Hay momentos en que al director se le nota cuanto tiene que contenerse ante las continuas interrupciones y salidas retóricas de sus entrevistados. Todo un valioso retrato.
A glimpse of the modern history of Iran, its complex political situation and internal struggles. A chilling reminder of how power, politics, and religion can easily become ruthless forces - especially the combination of politics and religion usually creates devastating results. I noticed during the interviews the author had to really think about formulating his questions, so the other people wouldn't go mental.