CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH TRIBECA

Creating an account with Tribecafilm.com gives you access to more features and services, like our weekly newsletter and other special features just for the film community.

SIGN IN

Forgot your password?
Close
Close
WISH LIST SEARCH

WISH LISTS

Get the most out of this year’s Festival experience with Wish Lists! Add, organize and purchase tickets to the films you care about and stay one step ahead of the crowds.

SIGN UP FOR MY TRIBECA

In order for all this Wish List sorcery to work, you must have have a My Tribeca account.

Creating an account with Tribecafilm.com gives you access to more features and services, like Wish Lists.

Want to sign up?
Click here and we'll take care of you.

Already have an account?
Click here to sign in.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 65 MIN | 2008

HEAD WIND

Large_film_16735371_photo1
Large_film_16735371_photo2
Large_film_16735371_photo3
Large_film_16735371_photo4

How can authoritarian governments defeat their citizens' hunger for knowledge in the era of the "information revolution"? Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof takes a candid and searing look inside the Islamic Republic, revealing its losing battle for control over the flow of information into the country from the outside world. He points out what is possibly one of the most significant issues in the peoples' struggle under Iran's Islamic government. What at first seems simply like an effort on the peoples' part to have access to films and entertainment originating in forbidden places from Hollywood to Bollywood unfolds to reveal that at the heart of this struggle beats the desire of the people for self-determination and open access to information. This remarkable film touches on one of the great mysteries of post-1979 Iran: How is it that the generation born and raised under the baleful eye of the revolution has become the biggest thorn in its side? Rasoulof answers this question methodically by taking us through the labyrinth of Iran's underground satellite, internet, and DVD culture. From an urban middle-class family's rooftop satellite to a nomadic tribe with a generator-powered satellite to a banned journalist's hacking of internet firewalls to a black market DVD dealer, the people of Iran have opened their own windows to the outside world, despite great odds and across class lines. As a young Iranian rock musician says at the end, "Scratch and sculpt until the last moment. This agitation is positive. Trying in vain is much better than apathy."


Co-hosted by ArteEast.

Film Information
Year: 2007
Length: 65 minutes
Language: Farsi
Country: Iran
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Screenwriter: Mohammad Rasoulof
Producer: Mohammad Rasoulof
Executive Producer: Mehdi Badeleh
Director of Photography: Reza Jalali
Editor: Mohammad Rasoulof
Sound Designer: Rooholla Rezaie
Assistant Director: Ramin Shahmanesh
About the Director(s)

Mohammad Rasoulof (b. 1973, Shiraz, Iran) studied sociology. He has made six short films in addition to his features The Twilight (2002) and Iron Island (2003). Iron Island won the Golden Peacock for best film at the 2005 International Film Festival of India as well as a special jury award at the Gijón International Film Festival and both the script prize and cinema prize at the Avanca Film Festival.

COMMENTS – JOIN THE CONVERSATION

© 2014 Tribeca Enterprises LLC | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions