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#27: Bazaar: From Tehran to Tehran / Final Fitting (2 films)

Directed by: Reza Khanlari / Reza Haeri
2016 / 2009 / 42 / 33 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

This film takes a historical look at the origin and development of the Grand Bazaar of Tehran which spans over ten kilometers and dates back to the medieval period. The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is still is one of the most vibrant centers of commerce in the country. The film compares and contrasts the past and present day methods of commerce and discusses the cultural, business and architectural aspects of the ever changing Grand Bazaar.

FINAL FITTING follows Mr. Arabpour, a master tailor with a specialty in religious attire. He has been the official tailor to the most important religious leaders of Iran for the past several decades, including the late Ayatollah Khomeini, former President Mohammad Khatami, and the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. It’s a fascinating story about the variations of the ‘Aba’ and ‘Ammameh’ (the turban and the robe) and how they can differ in style depending on the political inclination of the man wearing them.  The film showcases the changing cultural styles of Iran and its clerical elite through its portrait of one man and his time-honored craft.