Hitch : An Iranian Story

A documentary film by Chowra Makaremi

71 min / documentary / 2019

Produced by Alter Ego

recipient of the SCAM “Brouillon d’un Rêve” grant
This film received support from the Documentary School of Lussas – Ardèche Images and was produced within the framework of the Collection Primavera – Association Lumière du Monde
with scriptwriting, development and reinforced development support from the CNC (National Center for Cinema and the Moving Image)-FAIA
with development support from Ciclic / Region of Centre-Val de Loire and Procirep-Angoa

with production support from Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux (IRIS), CNRS, LabEx TEPSIS (Transformation de l’Etat, Politisation des Sociétés, Institution du Social) and the European Research Council’s research and innovation programme “Horizon 2020”
this film is in residence with Périphérie – Centre de création cinématographique as part of its partnership with the Seine-Saint-Denis Department

Hitch : An Iranian Story intertwines history with family stories after the Iranian revolution of 1979, its betrayals and its consequences. The film is an insider look into the experience of political violence, and how it feeds representations, images, speeches and the things unsaid. The daughter of an opponent to the Islamic Republic who was imprisoned, tortured and killed, the filmmaker resists political negationism by bringing out the extermination of Iranian opponents through the presence of objects and the persistence of memory.

Festival Selection:
États généraux du film documentaire de Lussas – France – 2019
Jean Rouch Festival – Ethnographic Film Committee – France – 2019 – Best First Film
Les Écrans Documentaires – France – 2019 – Student Prize
Images en bibliothèque – France – 2020
Cinéma(s) d’Iran – France – 2020
Le Grand Bivouac – France – 2020
Doc Cévennes – France – 2020
Rendez-vous de l’histoire de Blois – France – 2020 – Special mention
Festival des à-côtés – France – 2020
Crossing Europe Film Festival – Austria – 2020
Béjaïa Film Meetings – Algeria – 2020
FIDBA – Argentina – 2020
13th International Sciences & Cinemas Meetings – France – 2021 – Best Feature Film
Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival – Russia – 2021 – Best Documentary Film
German International Ethnographic Film Festival – Germany – 2022
Brilliant Indie Film Awards – Austria – 2022 – Official Selection


“Hitch: an iranian story” by Chowra Makaremi

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