A World Between - 2006
Directed by Nezam Manouchehri
A half-Iranian half-American man returns to Iran for only the second time in his young life to revisit the discoveries of his first visit and to further reconnect with the homeland of his father. Over the course of his extended visit, the subject of the documentary, Jason Rezaian, lives in the often confusing city of Tehran, travels to architecturally-rich Isfahan, and pays visit to Mashhad, one of Iran's holiest cities and the home of his ancestors. The film is directed by the writer/actor Nezam Manouchehri famous for his role in Ali Reza Raisian's "Deserted Station."
Color, 56 minutes, Farsi/English
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|Jason Rezaian||As Himself|
|All People Featured||As Themselves|
|Director of Photography||Reza Rakhshan|
|Sound Recordist||Hussain Mahdavi,
|Sound Mixer||Hussain Mahdavi,
Jason Rezaian was at first surprised to find America's favorite pastime of baseball in Tehran, but quickly came to realize this was just one Iran's many contradictions.
Jason's first task when he arrives is to get exemption from military service, he gets help and advice from an Iranian friend at one of the few places unmarried men and women can mix, a coffee shop.
Jason hitching a ride with his Iranian friend Ali in a shot that bears resemblance to the motorcycle ride of the "real" and "fake" Mohsen Makhmalbaf in "Close-Up."
Though Jason's Iranian father is a rug dealer, he has never seen one being made. Ali's mother happens to be a carpet weaver, she informs Jason that it takes 9 months just to finish one rug.
A custom engraving from one of Isfahan's craftsman.
One clear advantage of Iran over the United states, the ability to buy a good Cuban cigar at any shop.
Jason's phone is filled with Iranian girls' numbers, though he admits they are more interested in his ability to help them obtain visas for the United States.
At the Tomb of Imam Reza at Mashhad.
With his father, at the elder's childhood home.
Though he has been in Tehran for several months, Jason finally meets his upstairs neighbor when she needs to use his internet connection. Over the course of his trips he concludes that Iranian girls are more direct than others.
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