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.
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.
despite the filmmaker's claims that the film is not meant for the West, the final result seems exactly that? Especially opening up the discussion with that panel of 3 men with the hijab question. I do like his open participation in certain bits, especially the part with the women.