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Siah Bâzi: The Joy Makers
A Film by Maryan Khakipour
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Siah Bâzi is included on the same DVD as Shadi
Siah Bâzi theater troupes similar to Commedia dellíarte, traditionally performed at weddings and parties, led by men and women in full harlequin garb, making impromptu skits peppered with subtle commentary on current events and politics.

When Tehranís troupe faces the closing of their 400-year-old theater due to changing cultural shifts, the performers face uncertain futures as truck drivers and tea-servers.

SIAH BÂZI: THE JOY MAKERS offers a look at how folkloric entertainment is challenged by modern political and economic changes in Tehran.

"...offers highlights of Iranian culture and potential problems of cross-cultural collaboration." —Educational Media Reviews Online

2006 Tribeca Film Festival

45 minutes / color
Release: 2010
Copyright: 2004
Sale: $348

Subject areas:
Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Iran, Islam, Middle East, Politics, Theater, US & Canadian Broadcast Rights

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