Type: Feature documentary
Director: Ehshan Khoshbakht
Producer: Mary Bell, Adam Dawtrey
Production company: Bofa Productions
Screen Scotland support: The film accessed £30,000 through Screen Scotland’s Film Development and Production fun to support Stirlingshire based Bofa Productions to deliver this ambitious documentary and provide vital opportunities for wider crew and talent in Scotland.
After the Iranian Revolution, a movie collector in Tehran hid thousands of films to prevent their destruction by the new Islamic regime. Despite arrest and torture, he refused to give up his secret. His story of resistance is told by the boy who became his partner in crime, recollected years later from exile in London. A moving and inspiring autobiography about the subversive power of celluloid dreams.
Release: Celluloid Underground will have a special preview as part of a showcase of Scottish talent at Cannes Docs on 19 May 2023.
Header image: Still from Celluloid Underground, courtesy of The Scottish Documentary Institute