Raving Against the Fundamentalist Codes

In one guise or another, a “morality police” has operated in Iran since Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Tasked with enforcing an Islamic code of conduct, the clandestine force Gasht-e Ershad often targets urban women who do not conform to the public dress code and, more recently, young music fans.

Raiding hundreds of “satanist” raves each year and confiscating CDs of “obscene” popular music, they are silencing a generation and its cultural expression.

In Raving Iran, German film-maker Susanne Regina Meures follows two young men, Anoosh and Arash, who are utilising this perceived “obscenity” to rally against the constraints of the Iranian government. With the Western music of techno as their means the pair, aka Blade&Beard, promote the mechanical bass-thump of the genre in defiance of law enforcement.

Read the rest of the review in the Morning Star.

[This piece was published on 21/06/17]