During a season of intensifying relations between
the United States and Iran, Sam Ali Kashani returned to his
family's homeland during the summer of 2007. Like the majority
of Iranian-American families that ultimately settled in
California, Sam's family came to the United States after the
Islamic Revolution in 1979. Sam, however, was thoroughly
American, leading a lifestyle typical of any young Californian.
Therefore, his perspective of Iran was much like most Americans,
colored by skewed media portrayals and political constructions.
Yet, the Tehran he observed upon his arrival was anything but
what he had seen on the television: the bustling, modern city
squares; the influence of Western culture on the adolescents and
young professionals, and the vibrant calls for social reform.
Tehran: Another Side is a tale of the dynamic city from the eyes
of one Iranian-American, which strips the camera from political
filtering and humanizes its people with sincerity and honesty.
Upon his return to Los Angeles from his first trip to Tehran,
his friends were eager to hear stories and see pictures that
confirmed their misconceptions and stereotypes of Tehran. While
they anticipated tales about Islamic fundamentalists and images
of desert traveling camels, Sam revealed sides of the city that
reminded them about their typical American lives in California.
Taken aback by their shock and disbelief about Iran's normalcy,
Sam resolved to piece together a living memory of his first trip
back to Iran: this documentary.
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Documentary Language: In English
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