The fourth edition of the Iran Academia’s Audio-Video Podcast has an interview with Reza Allamehzadeh about documentary filmmaking and the truth in documentary filmmaking. This discussion took place in May 2021, and it was first published on June 28, 2021. This post includes links to the video and audio versions of the conversation. Below this page are some additional notes and remarks.
Reza Allamehzadeh is an Iranian director, documentary filmmaker, film critic, and writer who was born in the city of Sari in the year 1322. Fedayee, Holy Crime (documentary about the assassination of Iranian dissidents in other countries), Guests of the Astoria Hotel (a feature film about Iranian immigration in other countries), and Iranian Taboo (a documentary about the infringement of Baha’i rights in Iran) are among his films.
From 1966 to 1969, he studied directing at the Film and Television Academy. He was caught as part of a group of 12 people (including Keramat Daneshian and Khosrow Golsorkhi) suspected of attempting to kidnap the Crown Prince and sentenced to death, but his sentence was later reduced to life in prison. In his art manual, An Eye on Politics, he relates this story. He writes and publishes children’s books in addition to filmmaking. He teaches filmmaking at Hollins University in Virginia, Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands’ Radio and Television Training Center. Since 1983, he has resided in the Netherlands.