Scene from the film Bassidji
Scene from the film Bassidji
Scene from the film Bassidji
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  • Switzerland
  • France
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The Basij are a paramilitary volunteer militia founded in Iran in 1979. Today, they are both an official and widely branching moral-religious movement and a civil police force with only the Quran as a law text. The Iranian director Mehran Tamadon has used no less than three years to get the shy Basiji to talk, and his intelligent and patient approach manages to uncover the human doubt behind the religious elite's pathos-ridden rhetoric, which acts like a magnet on the country's unemployed youth. Tamadon grabs the country's ideological split by the roots, and if all you know about Iran is what you read in newspaper headlines, you are up for quite a few surprises. 'Bassidji' gives us images from a landscape where martyrs are celebrated as idols and the wreckages of bombed tanks stick out of the desert sand like fossils from endless wars.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mehran Tamadon
  • Cinematography
    Madjid Gorjan
  • Editing
    Andrée Davanture, Rodolph Molla
  • Sound
    Jérôme Cuendet
  • Runtime
    114 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Iran
    • Switzerland
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • BRATISLAVA IFF, Bratislava, Slovaquie, du 27 novembre au 4 décembre 2009
    • COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Copenhag, Danemark, du 6 au 15 novembre 2009
    • ASIATICA FILM MEDIALE, Rome, Italie, 29 octobre au 7 novembre 2009
    • JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Jihlava, Rép. Tchèque, du 27 octobre au 1er novembre 2009
    • DOK LEIPZIG, Leipzig, Allemagne, du 26 octobre au 1er novembre 2009
    • DOCLISBOA, Lisbonne, Portugal, 15 au 25 octobre 2009
    • Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes (F) 2009
    • Toronto International Film Festival (CA) 2009
    • Etats Généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (F) 2009
    • Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH) 2009 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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