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#66 - Formerly Youth Square

Expired May 27, 2020 7:00 PM
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Journalist Mina Akbari’s FORMERLY YOUTH SQUARE opens with a photograph of a group of 70 journalists taken about 20 years ago in Javanan Square. Of those, only six continue to work in their profession, including the filmmaker. Many emigrated after the 2009 unrest that followed allegedly rigged elections, a few were imprisoned, and others simply left the field. Akbari narrates the film and interviews many of the journalists from the shuttered Jame’e newspaper. They speak about repression and their professional histories, referring to the difficulties and pitfalls of their careers in Iran. Formerly Youth Square drew such a large audience because such sensitive topics are rarely discussed in public forums and because the filmmaker is herself a respected journalist.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Director
    Mina Akbari
  • Screenwriter
    Mina Akbari
  • Producer
    Ehsan Rasoulof
  • Cast
    Mashalloah Shamsol-vaezin (The Journalist who became a Farmer), Lili Farhadpour (The Journalist who became an Actress), Newsha Tavakolian (A Photojournalist who continues working abroad), Lelia Nasiriha (The Journalist who left The Country), Sima Saeidi (The Journalist who became a coffee shop Owner)
  • Cinematographer
    Mohammadreza Jahan-panah
  • Editor
    Sepideh Abtahi
  • Composer
    Ali Samadpour
  • Sound Design
    Ensieh Maleki