Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  68 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Farsi / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color / Black and White
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Tehran Has No More Pomegranates

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This musical comedy plays with fact and fiction to depict contemporary Iranian life.

Tehran Has No More Pomegranates

A favorite with film festival audiences, Massoud Bakhshi's musical comedy is both humorous and critical in its portrayal of contemporary Iranian life. Using both archival footage and original footage and a playful 'meta' vantage point, this documentary-fiction hybrid film traces Iranian history back to Tehran's founding 1241 BC, through a wide range of historical eras and arriving at present day.

From the city's foundation as a small rural village where exceptionally delicious pomegranates through periods under oppressors to today, Bakhshi succeeds in documenting 150 years of history and its contradictions. Crazy, dynamic and ironic, this film takes us on a journey into the history of Tehran.

'Bakhshi treats us to an intelligently edited musical compilation, [following Iranian history through] various oppressors; collective opium addiction; visits by Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt ('You really have big oil wells'); the Islamic revolution; the explosive growth of the metropolis to the mountain of waste and the current transportation problem.' - IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam


** Best Director, Cinema House Film Festival
** Best Director, Fajr International Film Festival
** Audience Award, Cinema Verite Documentary Film Festival
** Best Documentary, AVINI Awards
** IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam


Main credits

Bakhshi, Massoud (film director)
Bakhshi, Massoud (film producer)
Bakhshi, Massoud (screenwriter)
Bakhshi, Massoud (narrator)
Kar̄im̄i, Nusrat (narrator)

Other credits

[Director of photography, Bayram Fazli; editor, Alimohamad Ghasemi; original music by Mohsen Namjou, Navid Afghan].

Distributor credits

A film by Massoud Bakhshi

Docuseek2 subjects

Politics and Political Science
Experimental Film

Distributor subjects

Cinema Studies
Cultural Studies
History (World)
Middle East
Streaming only


Iran, Middle East, Politics; tehran; pomegranates; "Tehran Has No More Pomegranates"; Icarus Films

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