THEATRE OF TEARS a documentary by Dimitri Lurie and Beate Petersen
running time: 57'45'', countries of production: Norway, Russia, ® 2007,
Synopsis: An ultimate trip in the world of Iranian Shia-Islam traditions.
A triptych of generations, depicting the nowadays Iranian society through
their attitude and involvement into the traditional commemoration of Ashurá.
The old tradition where personal mourning are being released and dissolved
in the collective sorrow for the martyrdom of the third Imam - Imam Hossein,
that took place in 680 A.D.
The filmmakers' statement: In the Theatre of tears we explore the world of Iranian Shia-Islamic traditions. A triptych of generations depict the nowadays Iranian society through their involvement in the traditional commemoration of Ashura: a tradition where personal mourning is being released and dissolved into the collective sorrow for the martyrdom of the grandson of the Holy Prophet Mohammad - Imam Hossein - in 680 A.D.
The event is a spectacular passion play, a carnival in black. In the same time it is obvious that the religious leadership use the mythology of the martyrdom of Imam Hossein for all it is worth on the political arena.