Back by popular demand, with a late night special, we're pleased to announce a second screening of Raving Iran at the Rio Cinema on the 8th July.
The film is a must-see chilling insight into the lives of two young men defying the Iranian regime with their love for music.
Directed by German filmmaker Susanne Meures, the documentary lifts the lid on Terhan's underground techno scene, exposing the struggles, dangers and persecution faced by DJs Anoosh and Arash (aka Blade & Beard). After reading a news piece about a couple of young Iranians throwing techno parties in the desert, Meures yearned to know more. What was it about dance music that was inspiring these middle-class kids to go against the government and its censorships?
Anoosh and Arash are at the centre of Terhan's underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, they organise one last manic techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert. Back in Terhan they try their luck selling their illegally printed album without permission. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world. The haze of instant euphoria quickly evaporates when the seriousness of the situation starts to dawn on them. With their visa expiring they have to make a decision; should they stay in Europe or should they go back to Iran?