To American eyes, Iran is a country full of contradiction. A country that, outside of news headlines, remains shrouded in mystery. In Museyon Guide’s Film + Travel, Mikael Awake uncovers the rich cinematic history of Iran.
That history is not without controversy, and filmmakers have to fight to get their work shown. Director Tahmineh Milani faced the death penalty for her film The Hidden Half, and it took public outcry from heavyweights like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese to get her released from prison. Hear from the filmmaker herself on Dateline NBC, as Ann Curry takes you “Behind the Veil,” for a look at the way real Iranians live today.