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Bahman Ghobadi
"For the last 30 years in Iran," explains Bahman Ghobadi, "certain music, in particular Western music, has been virtually forbidden by the authorities. From the moment I ventured into the heart of Tehran and descended the dark steps into the cellars where this music is played, I discovered a strange world, different and fascinating. A hidden world of rebel musicians, unseen and unheard by the majority of the city's population. And as I witnessed their world, their lives, their artistic concerns, the dangers they face, arrests by the police, savage beatings and more…when I saw all they go through simply because they sing, play an instrument, love music…I said to myself that this film had to be made. " Bahman Ghobadi had to get around the censor board in order to complete his project. "We had no permission. The scouting was done using two or three motorbikes and we began filming without any real preparation. The scenes had to be shot at high speed, so the police couldn't spot us."