No one knows about Persian cats

No one knows about Persian cats

Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh

DVD - 2011 | Persian
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Follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city's vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.
Publisher: New York : IFC Films, [2011]
ISBN: 9780788611018
0788611011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lukasevansherman
May 21, 2014

Iran has quietly become a powerhouse of small, independent fillmmaking despite a repressive government. Many of the country's films are in a neo-realist vein, shot in a documentary-like style using mostly non-professionals and eschewing fancy camerawork and sets ("The White Balloon," "Taste of Cherry," "A Separation"). I preface my comment with this because "Perisan Cats," which takes its name from an Iranian band's album, it somewhat different in its visual style and use of music. There are a number of splashy montages set to Iranian rock or rap. The movie, while fictional, is based on the stories of Iran's numerous underground bands and many real musicians (including the Yellow Dogs, who were the victims of a shooting last year in NYC) appear. For those accustomed to thinking of Iran as part of the Axis of Evil this will give Westerners a different perspective, showing young people who just want to be free to play music. Inspiring.

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carolynrogers
Aug 16, 2012

Soundtrack is so good, many songs in English.

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dprodrig
Mar 16, 2012

I would have to agree with sykch's comment that just as the movie seemed to be coming to some sort of conclusion, it just completely deflates and ends rather abruptly. I enjoyed the feature despite this and it was interesting to see how much of an underground music scene exists. Also interesting was the "filming" of extra, most of it was pretty standard of comments interspersed with behind the scenes stuff, but you do get a glimpse of how restricted it is when the camera crew are approached and told they will be reported by one of the onlookers.

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RDL
Jul 24, 2011

Gives insight into an underground movement. Shows why governments have so much difficulty in controlling the avant garde youth who have influence, money, and the smarts, The reeling in, by authorities, of such groups is done with overwhelming force when they are caught. Of course since even trivial activities are illegal people sometimes get involved in much more risky adventures than they normally would.

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