Documentary film Salaam Isfahan has just taken the Grand Prix du Public at the 2010 Festival International de Cinema de Nyon.
Directed by first-time filmmaker Sanaz Azari, Salaam Isfahan was shot in the streets of Isfahan. A resident of Brussels, Sanaz returned to her native Iran armed with a photo camera, a video camera, and two tripods. Stopping passersby to ask if they would be willing to pose for a photo, she engages them in conversation while taking their picture, and all the while the video camera is rolling.
Sanaz, brought Base on to design the opening title sequence of the movie, film poster, and postcards. The idea of hiding/revealing in the graphic treatment is based on the climate of censorship and the lack of real democracy in Iran today.
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