Teheran Tabu

Tehran Taboo
Three women in Tehran wrestle with misogyny and constraints based on religion. Pari works as a prostitute to feed herself and her son and is repeatedly confronted with the double standards of Iranian men. Donya needs money to have her hymen reconstructed and has become involved with a trafficker who procures “virgins”. And Sara cracks under the pressure exerted by a husband who does not accept her desire for a life with a job and without children.
Shot using motion-capture technology and rotoscoping, Ali Soozandeh’s animated film openly addresses topics that are taboo in Iranian society. A strong script and the film’s thoughtful, captivating approach make it an engaging and topical political statement against the restriction of women’s rights in Iran. Nominated for a German Film Award, Ali N. Askin’s pulsating score intensifies the atmospheric quality of this film.
by Ali Soozandeh
with Elmira Rafizadeh, Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Marandi, Bilal Yasar
Germany / Austria 2017 Farsi 96’ Colour Animation Rating R16


  • Elmira Rafizadeh
  • Zar Amir Ebrahimi
  • Arash Marandi
  • Bilal Yasar


Director Ali Soozandeh
Screenplay Grit Kienzlen, Ali Soozandeh
Cinematography Martin Gschlacht
Editing Frank Geiger, Andrea Mertens
Sound Janis Grossmann
Music Ali N. Askin
Art Director Ali Soozandeh
Producers Mark Fencer, Frank Geiger, Armin Hofmann, Ali Samadi Ahadi
Co-Producers Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Commissioning Editors Christian Cloos, Doris Hepp, Heinrich Mis
Co-Production Arte