LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Chador-draped policewomen abseiling off a building, marching with bayonets or pointing machine guns out of a car, are all photos from a new book by young Iranians about social change in Iran.
“Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations,” is accompanied by the premiere in London of three documentary films, including Ala Mohseni’s “My City, Pizza,” which investigates Tehranis fascination with the Italian dish.
The objective of the book “is to document the social transformation of Iran,” Malu Halasa, one of the editors told Reuters in London.
“It’s a view from the ground up,” Halasa told Reuters. “(It’s) a portrait of a country in transition, one which is largely misunderstood by the outside world.”
In the 1980s Iran’s birth rate skyrocketed and as a result, a large proportion of the country’s youthful population does not remember the revolution of 1979, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established a government under Islamic law.