Sunday, 21 March 2010
 No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) Review
Is there a more puzzling underground music scene than that of Iran? If you follow the western media's reporting of tough crackdowns on gigs and club nights, it seems stuck between heavy regulation, outright disdain, and tentative blossoming. Seeking to get beyond the headlines and potential ideological bias is Kurdish-Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi's No One Knows About Persian Cats.
One of the film's frustrating conflicts is presented immediately. Ghobadi's desire to present this youthful, radical slice of Iranian society in a documentary style, showing off the diversity of bands and the pressures on performers, jars with the decidedly fictional narrative style given to the film, which features real bands but a made-up story.
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