Cinema Verite Festival

Cinema Verite Festival

The Documentary and Experimental Film Centre (DEFC) organises the annual Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Verite. The festival showcases the very best of the documentary world in an attempt to bridge the gap between reality and truth.

This collection showcases highlights from the festival over the last few years, including: Finding Farideh”, Iran’s submission to the 2020 Oscars, in which a Dutch-Iranian woman who was adopted forty years ago returns to Iran to search for her family; Exodus by Bahman Kiarostami (the son of late acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami), following thousands of Afghani immigrants leaving Tehran to return home; and The Grand Lady of Iran, a biography of the woman who married the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution.

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Cinema Verite Festival
  • He - Trailer

    In Qaleh Hassan Khan, a town between Tehran and Karaj in Iran, 'He' follows mannequins on their journey from the factory floor to the shop window.

    Dir. Sam Kalantari - 31min - 2015 - Iran

  • He

    Dir. Sam Kalantari - 2015 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

    In Qaleh Hassan Khan, a town between Tehran and Karaj in Iran, 'He' follows mannequins on their journey from the factory floor to the shop window.

    "Like a science-fiction film, 'He' examines the surreal path of shop window ...

  • Eyes and Arms - Trailer

    A man and woman believe that they are each other’s eyes and arms, like they are one

    Dir. Panahbarkhoda Rezaee - 52min - 2019 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

  • Eyes and Arms

    Dir. Panahbarkhoda Rezaee - 2019 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

    Maryam lost her arms and a foot in a railway accident, and against her family's wishes eloped with Mohammad who is blind. Deeply in love and perfectly matched, living in rural Iran, the isolated couple overcome their...

  • Exodus - Trailer

    Iran is home to some 2.5 million Afghan refugees, approximately half of whom are undocumented. With renewed US sanctions in 2018, the low paid jobs on which they depend are the first to be cut, so many Afghans seek to return home.

    Dir. Bahman Kiarostami - 77min - 2018 - Iran

  • Exodus

    Dir. Bahman Kiarostami - 2018 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

    Iran is home to some 2.5 million Afghan refugees, approximately half of whom are undocumented. With renewed US sanctions in 2018, the low paid jobs on which they depend are the first to be cut, so many Afghans seek to re...

  • Atlan - Trailer

    “A Turkman without a horse is not a Turkman”.

    Dir. Moein Karimoddini - 62min - 2015 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

  • Atlan

    Dir. Moein Karimoddini - 2015 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

    “A Turkman without a horse is not a Turkman”.

    The Horse is the most important element in the life of Iranian Turkmen. Ali is a Turkman horse trainer, horses are his life. Ilhan is the name of the horse that has won him ...

  • Finding Farideh -Trailer

    Adopted from Iran by a Dutch couple when she was 16 months old Farideh, now 40 and living in Amsterdam, sets out to find her biological parents and travel to Iran for the first time.

    Dir. Azade Mousavi, Korosh Ataei - 2018 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English.

  • Finding Farideh

    Dir. Azade Mousavi, Korosh Ataei - 2018 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English.

    Adopted from Iran by a Dutch couple when she was 16 months old Farideh, now 40 and living in Amsterdam, sets out to find her biological parents and travel to Iran for the first time.

    "Shot with a gentle, sens...

  • The Grand Lady of Iran - Clip

  • The Grand Lady of Iran

    Dir. Mostafa Razzaq Karimi - 2018 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

    "The Grand Lady of Iran (Khadije Saghafi) is part of a small cultural revolution going on in Iranian cinema, where formerly hushed-up topics are being (almost) openly discussed. This curious documentary, directed by ...

  • Lotus

    Dir. Mohammadreza Vatandoust - 2018 - Iran - Language: Farsi - Subtitles: English

    After a dam flooded a village in northern Iran, one island remained. There’s a grave on it. On a hill above the new lake, an old woman looks out at it. An intimate look at the daily routine of an Iranian woman who ...