Reframe Iran

Director: Matteo Lonardi


This documentary starts in Tehran. Behind the facade of revolutionary symbols and “Death to America” slogans, we discover the work and aspirations of three young emerging artists. These artists – Hani Najm, Shahrzad Malekian, and Negar Jahanbaksch – are an eclectic mix that share one thing in common. They are all finalists for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize. The competition, held in London, offers a huge opportunity for our artists: the chance to share their work with the West. Art is their passport out of Iran – and into the international marketplace. But the route to London is ridden with obstacles and unforeseen consequences. On this journey, we are forced to ask ourselves: Are these three Iranians elevated because they are exceptional artists, or because they titillate the Western imagination? Are they masters of their own fates,or pawns in a political game?

Reframe Iran is a virtual reality documentary that takes us into the world of Iranian contemporary art.

The project is supported by The Brown Institute for Media Innovation - a collaboration between Columbia Journalism School and Stanford Engineering.