Tehran Taboo (2017) is an animated film on the lives of three women living in Tehran. Initially, I thought the film will be about the underbelly of Tehran, but it talks about the miseries and compromises that the less-privileged go through in any of the large cities in the world. The film is available on Kanopy.
The film by Ali Soozandeh – who is settled in Germany since 1995 – is intense and the storytelling is so detailed that we are quickly drawn into the lives of the main characters. The first one is a mother who raises her young son alone as her drug addict husband is behind bars and refusing to give her divorce, she turns herself to be a mistress to a court judge. Her neighbour is a pregnant lady, with the aspiration of becoming a teacher to which her husband is refusing to give permission to. The third is a young lady about to get married but is afraid of harm by her husband due to a night she spent in an underground bar. By the end of the film, the lives of the three women turn in different ways than we expect.