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Iran is My Home

Fariborz David Diaan's personal video journal of his first trip to his homeland in 24 years, "Iran Is My Home," suggests at first a more engaging slice of cinema than it actually becomes. Fests looking for anything Iranian may bite, but docu is more likely to pop up on the satellite-TV channels beaming from L.A. into Iran.

With:
With: Fariborz David Diaan, Sogol.

Fariborz David Diaan’s personal video journal of his first trip to his homeland in 24 years, “Iran Is My Home,” suggests at first a more engaging slice of cinema than it actually becomes. Superficial in its coverage and treatment of Persian complexities, this is little more than a travelogue either incapable or uninterested in penetrating below the surface of a country undergoing fascinating internal battles that cut across culture, politics and religion. Fests looking for anything Iranian may bite, but docu is more likely to pop up on the satellite-TV channels beaming from L.A. into Iran on which Diaan regularly hosts shows.

Sent off with a touching, cautionary farewell by his mother, Diaan and his fiance wing to Tehran in the year 2000 and encounter: Some frustrated, unemployed men; lots of traffic and signage; a park with 10 museums; lavish resort hotels and condos on the popular Caspian Sea coast; the well-preserved Ramsar Hotel; the elaborate Tabatasai House; glorious architecture in Isfahan; and his childhood home back in Tehran. Sound bites with strangers sprinkled throughout the trek leave viewers wanting much more than this pic delivers.

Iran is My Home

U.S.-Iran

Production: An Adam Films production. Produced, directed by Fariborz David Diaan. Screenplay, Diaan, Arash Ayrom.

Crew: Camera (color, video), Diaan; editor, Ayrom; music, Saam Gabbay. Reviewed at IFP Los Angeles Film Festival (Documentary), June 20, 2003. Farsi, English dialogue. Running time: 79 MIN.

With: With: Fariborz David Diaan, Sogol.

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