VHS Diaries (2020)

  • Decolonising the Archive
  • 1h 12m

The filmmaker revisits the diaries she kept during the years when video was banned in Iran. Using her personal VHS archive of films as a point of reference, the film explores a very personal film history with audio interviews with film historians, film buffs and those involved in the film black market. This is the story of an underground subculture of cinephiles hiding amongst the first Iranian post-revolution generation, who pursued their love for cinema despite strict government restrictions and the threat of imprisonment.

Live Q&As with the directors will take place on Zoom 19-28 March. Find the full schedule of live events and links to join here.


Niyaz Saghari