Not an Illusion: Singing in Iran (documentary)

Not an Illusian

Not an Illusian, a documentary by Torang Abedian

Director/Producer/Editor: Torang Abedian

Editing Supervisor: Michael Hudecek

Camera: Turaj Aslani


Synopsis: Sara is a 21 years old Iranian woman who wants to be a singer. Yet according to the rules in Iran women should’nt sing solo in public. Clerics say God doesn’t want to hear a woman’s voice even at prayers. Bur Sara is determined- she was a champion gymnast before she becomes disabled in a freak accident . So she joins Piccolo band as a backing singer. Though everything about the performance must be approved by the ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. This film follows Sara in her battle over years as she struggles to achieve her dream in an explosive society which is confused between modernity and tradition.

About the Director


Torang Abedian has a BA (hons) in Contemporary Media Practice (film & video) from Westminster University. She has made few short films and has worked on many other projects in the field of film and music. She moved back to live in Tehran in 2003 when she began making Not an illusion. In 2006 she was selected as part of the mentoring program in the field of documentary films at The Hospital Club in London. Her mentor was Christopher Hird.


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  1. #1 by Glows on March 13, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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