Film Festival: Our man in Tehran by Roel van Broekhoven


When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 14.30 – 16.00 | Lengths: 45 minutes*

*after the screening: Q&A with director Roel van Broekhoven and extended discussion with the audience, moderated by Helga Schepers, trainer in the field of intercultural learning, training for trainers and team development on decision making through the process of Lewis Deep Democracy

A revealing series on life inside Iran, with New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink, who has been living in Iran for the past 17 years.

The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under theocratic leaders. In this two-part series, he takes viewers on a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. Iranians share their stories, hopes and fears with him over the course of four years of filming. Our Man in Tehran was awarded Best Television (Nipkowschijf) by film & television critics in the Netherlands and broadcasted by PBS Frontline.

After four years of requests to the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture, the same office that allows Thomas to work here as a correspondent, he received a special permit to film for five weeks a documentary series with the Dutch director Roel van Broekhoven for the VPRO network in the Netherlands. The reaction to the series in the Netherlands, a small, liberal European country whose citizens enjoy looking beyond its borders, was overwhelmingly positive.

Iranians are used to foreign media portraying their country as sinister. “Why doesn’t the West understand how nice we are?” An Iranian official asked Thomas “If only they see our beauties they will love Iran.”

Iran has some very impressive sights, but for our man in Teheran the real attraction is its people. You will meet some of them in this series as we examine together complicated issues that illustrate how Iran is slowly changing.

This video series was produced with a team from VPRO in the Netherlands, where it ran on Dutch television.

More information: SIETAR Europa Congress 2019 Programme and Film Festival.