Rock­ing the cas­bah

Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

INo One Knows About Per­sian Cats, in­die dystopia, CCA Cine­math­eque, not rated, in Farsi with sub­ti­tles, 3 chiles In­die rock is banned in Iran. Lumped along with the to­tal pro­hi­bi­tion on fuzzy gui­tar rock are heavy metal, rap, jazz, and even clas­si­cal Per­sian mu­sic — if it hap­pens to be per­formed by women. Cats and dogs are out­lawed in pub­lic. Films are made only by per­mis­sion of the state, and Ira­ni­ans are en­joined from us­ing video cam­eras un­less they are rented from the govern­ment. To make No One Knows About Per­sian Cats — a film about Iran’s un­der­ground rock scene and its pet-own­ing, gui­tar-wield­ing male and fe­male rock­ers — di­rec­tor Bah­man Ghobadi had to shoot scenes covertly, with­out a govern­ment per­mit for his film, cam­era, or cast. Dur­ing press

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