There are many ways to fight opression, we just never thought that raving could be one. In Iran, a country once über progressive, western music is now banned. Since the Islamic (Iranian) Revolution of 1979, freedom has been cut off. Only a couple of years ago six Iranians were arrested for jamming to Pharrell’s “Happy” in a video what went viral, plus each one received 91 lashes and jail time.
Thousands of young Iranians escape every weekend to remote areas far from Tehran and the sight of the Mollahs (religious authorities), knowing that they could be arrested for dancing, listening to “illegal” tunes, being in mix crowds or (the girls) for not covering their hair with the mandatory hijab (islamic veil).
A documentary called “Raving Iran” shows the underground raving scene of this country, where the fight for freedom and acts of rebellion of its youth have the form of vibrant nights dancing away under the stars, in the desert.
Directed by German filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures, the film exposes the struggles, dangers and persecution faced by DJs Anoosh and Arash who, “tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, organize one last manic techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert.”
“Back in Tehran they try their luck selling their illegally printed music album without permission,” according to the synopsis. “When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world. Once landed in Switzerland, the haze of the instant euphoria evaporates quickly when the seriousness of the situation starts to dawn on them.”
For now, the movie isn’t set to be desplayed at movie theatres although it’s being featured internationally in several film festivals. Check the documentary’s website for more info and festival dates HERE. Happy raving, my friends.