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#2: Red Lines and Deadlines

Directed by: Taghi Amirani
2004 / 53 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Red Lines and Deadlines
Life behind the scenes of the Iranian newspaper Shargh

In 2004 filmmaker Taghi Amirani gained unprecedented access to Shargh, at the time Iran’s leading reformist newspaper. With full official permits from all the relevant Iranian authorities, he went behind the scenes with the paper’s young journalists as they went about their job of reporting and commenting on a wide range of social, cultural and political stories. Amirani’s camera follows the journalists on assignments and at home as they offer rare insights not just about journalism but also about post-revolutionary Iranian society. Made in the final year of President Khatami’s second term in office Red Lines and Deadlines is a film made by an Iranian with Iranians that tries to stay clear of clichés about Iran presented in western media. The film was broadcast in the US on the PBS series Wide Angle.

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