Segments in this Video

Examining Iran (07:10)


Drones are shot down in the sky above Tehran. A representative from the Ministry of Information provides positive and negative criticism about Thomas Erdbrink's last film. (Credits)

No Backward Country (06:22)

Mr. Taster and a television host from "Press TV" show off the wealthier side or Iran. The sudden popularity of Instagram has made the country look more westernized. Citizens reflect on President Rouhani's tweet.

No Backward Country: Western Influences (05:14)

Men and women can sit together in coffee shops and listen to western music. Citizens protest against mandatory headscarves. President Rouhani defends protestors, but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini overrules his objections.

No Backward Country: Ministry of Interior (03:49)

Iranians put themselves forward as candidates for the presidency; Hamidreza Ahmadabadi ("Mr. Big Mouth") registers. Somayeh Malekian moves to the United States. Erdbrink's mother-in-law lives alone after her son married, daughter moved to America, and mother died.

No Backward Country: Pressure (03:11)

Newsha Tavakolian prepares for her art exhibition. Erdbrink discusses societal pressure for offspring in Iran.

No Backward Country: "Mr. Big Mouth" (04:54)

Ahmadabadi monitors the Internet and social media to wage war against people who do not follow the Supreme Leader. He allows his wife to have a cell phone and drive a car.

No Backward Country: Escalating Tensions (06:07)

A woman breaks her leg after a religious policeman kicks her off a power box. Another protestor's actions go viral. "Mr. Big Mouth" threatens to kill one of the promoters of the headscarf campaign.

American Dreams (06:19)

Erdbrink's mother-in-law Skypes her daughter in America. Erdbrink meets Hassan who placed 21st in the Konkourm The student hopes to attend Stanford.

American Dreams: New York City (05:41)

Malekian discusses her relationship with her roommate; she studies journalism at Colombia University. Malekian hopes to become a reporter in Iran, so she must follow the rules of her country.

American Dreams: Exiled (04:50)

Andranik "Andy" Madadian discusses fleeing his home country and recording tapes to smuggle into Iran. "The Prince of Persia" cannot perform because his music is banned.

American Dreams: Convening in Secret (05:10)

Andy's fan club gathers several times a year outside of Tehran to listen to his latest songs. When police stop "Mandy," an Andy impersonator, it is normally to take a picture. Tomorrow, Hassan leaves to attend university in Tehran.

American Dreams: Persian Square (06:53)

Many people call Westwood "Tehrangeles" because of the amount of Iranians who live in the area. Local residents discuss their life in America. Goorgen Zargarian's commercial "Shift It" goes viral.

American Dreams: Moving Back (05:52)

Over 1 million Persians live in the United States. Romina, Erdbrink's niece, wants to return to Iran.

American Dreams: Persian Roots (04:45)

Zargarian feels like a stranger in America. Hassan participates in an Islamic ritual before he leaves to attend school in Tehran. Malekian describes why she wants to return to Iran.

American Dreams: Foreign Policy (01:44)

John Bolton believes that America should overthrow the mullah's regime in Iran. President Donald Trump withdraws from the nuclear regime and imposes sanctions.

"Where Are We Living?" (08:29)

Iran is becoming more modern due to the Internet and social media. King Raam reports that Kavous Seyed Emami has died in prison after being accused of espionage. The family's lawyers are attempting to discover why his death was not prevented.

"Where Are We Living?": Pollution (07:26)

Erdbrink travels to the Caspian Sea. Isa Sahariz packs a bag to take to prison in the event of another arrest; the journalist is banned from writing for two years. People avoid confrontation.

"Where Are We Living?": New Generation (06:16)

The government blocks Instagram after youth take to the streets calling the Supreme Leader a dictator. Ramin Mostaghim describes how people are angry because they cannot obtain work. Tehran remains quiet; the middle class did not participate in the protest.

"Where Are We Living?": Entertainment (02:39)

Authorities shut down the Internet every time there is a protest in Iran. Despite a ban on satellite receivers, individuals can purchase them. Popular stations include Gem and Manoto; each has a political agenda.

"Where Are We Living?": State Television (05:29)

A reporter tries to prove that Emami was spying for the West. His two sons and his wife decide to leave Iran after officials confiscate the deed to the family home. Authorities apprehend the mother right before boarding.

"Where Are We Living?": Conclusion (03:22)

President Rouhani's Minister of Intelligence declares that there were no grounds for the espionage charge. Emami's wife is not allowed to leave the country. Iranians never fail to surprise Erdbrink.

Credits: Our Man in Tehran Part 2 (01:01)

Credits: Our Man in Tehran Part 2

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More surprising encounters inside the closed society with NYTimes correspondent Thomas Erdbrink.

Length: 114 minutes

Item#: BVL203082

Copyright date: ©2018

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