Iran: “Chador, Condom, Coffeeshop” (VIDEO)

Check out this video, “Chador, Condom, Coffeeshop,” which shows young Iranians throughout the country talking candidly about anything from politics to sexuality, religion and the economy.

Swiss abstract filmmaker Jurg Da Vaz traveled to Iran so that he could capture voices from its culture in this documentary, as opposed to its government. “We have found [someone] at every corner to talk to,” Da Vaz wrote on his website. “The people approached us, all had a message, a message from their lives. They had nothing against the fact that I recorded the interviews, quite the opposite.”

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Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

Marie W.; If he was on assignment as a journalist or a film maker and was conducting himself in an ethical manner, nothing would be thought by 'most'. So....what's the problem?

'Mark Leigh P.
'Mark Leigh P.6 years ago

umm why do they have to pay the girl that they want to marry? is it like their tradition?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Rita Flynn
Rita Odessa6 years ago

I thought it was good. To see the country and the people (who by the way seem normal). Still always hard to see woman for sale for marriage, and does show like everywhere there is always class separation and the more money you have the better you do under any President/Mullah/P.M. I found over all the people seemed interested in talking about who they are, nice perspective, thanks for sharing.

Marjorie F.
Marjorie F6 years ago

I don't understand the negative comments. I believe the video was intending to show the beauty of a country, the humanity of a people and some example of relationships between men and women. It included hardships they face as we all do and pointed out just how important education is whether that means going to school or using condoms. As for leaving out larger cities ther were as many complaints about the length. You can't please everyone. I loved the video it was well done and on point.

Richard K.
Richard K6 years ago

Well, it is long but very interesting and shows the working classes at their work and at leisure. Some have complained that the video is fixed on sex but the questions and answers were not crossing social barriers but more of a natural curiousity such as: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend; are you married; how much would a wife cost? Condum use seems to be common but it must be very difficult to consummate a relationship and requires covert behaviours, it appears.

Ina A.
Ina A6 years ago

I really enjoyed watching the video, especially the young people. Young people will change the world. How wonderful to spend an hour in Iran with the people. I wish I could have a penpal there., a woman.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Not a very good video- how would a older man walking around the US asking teens about sex be perceived?

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

Although the video is very long, it is very interesting to hear both the young and the older so readily want to share and exchange information. The young seem to really enjoy their schooling.I wish them well in their endeavors! Thanks for sharing Safa S.

Geraldine H.
Gerri Hennessy6 years ago

Good to let the normal people speak out .. but video wld not work