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The International Roshd Film Festival, the oldest film festival in Iran, focuses on educational films for children. The optic nerve being the shortest to the brain, what we see gets imprinted in our minds faster than what we hear.
In our first days of casting in Tehran we met a 75-year-old dervish who asked incredulously, "Why have you come here to make a film? Imagination is illegal, creativity is illegal, life here is illegal."