Docutip: Iran’s Sporting Dreamers
We follow three Iranian wrestlers as they fight for medals at the world youth tournament and aspire to Olympic glory.
Filmmaker: Nima Shayeghi
This film presents an intimate look at the lives and hopes of three Iranian teenagers whose collective dream for the future is to become world-class wrestlers. Every year, tens of thousand of boys from around the country try to get into the youth wrestling team, but only a handful succeed.
Iran’s Sporting Dreamers follows these three boys who made it into the team as they train for, and participate in, the all-important World Youth Championships in Hungary. Success in championships like these, for a rare and lucky few, is a stepping stone to becoming an Olympic winner.
With unprecedented access to the Iranian national youth team, this film provides an extraordinary insight into the lives of some of the most marginalised Iranian families, who are rarely seen on screen.
Various facets of what we Iranians believe to be and call our national identity, has always fascinated me. The stories of people who dedicate their whole lives preserving the so-called honour of these identities, have always carried a complex mix of questions for me.
In Iran, wrestling is a way of being and it bears with it an intricate range of Iran’s ancient and religious cultural characteristics, which have been meticulously passed down from generation to generation, with passion, dedication and the interesting sense of duty that it has come to bear.
I see the mannerism and the aesthetics of the wrestler almost as the embodiment of the various facets of the Iranian identity draped in its past.
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