Flowers of Evil
Flowers of EvilOriginal Title: Fleurs du Mal
Director: David Dusa
France | Farsi, French
In the wake of the disputed 2009 elections in Iran, protesters took to the streets in numbers not seen since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. With the conventional press silenced by the government, citizens armed with mobile cameras and smartphones became guerrilla journalists, spreading massive calls to action via Twitter and uploading amateur videos of the bloody fallout to YouTube. The coordinated use of electronic media represented another revolution of sorts. On the canvas of this historic event, director David Dusa paints the cross-cultural romance of twentysomethings Anahita and Rachid.
When her privileged family sends her from Tehran to Paris to ensure her safety, university student Anahita clings desperately to her laptop to stay connected with friends on the bloody frontlines of the upheaval. Her single-mindedness is tested when she meets Rachid, the French-Algerian bellhop at her hotel, whose rootless, carefree approach to life (most evident in his joyful indulgence in parkour dancing) Anahita can’t help but find a little appealing. As he attempts to wake from his political slumber to get closer to her, she struggles to prevent the turmoil in Iran from contaminating their budding romance, and to let her heart guide her through a relationship that back home would land her in jail.
Mirroring the immediacy of the Internet, Dusa delivers a raw, kinetic film that combines an intimate fictional romance with actual protest footage found on the Web, keenly personalizing the mass demonstrations in Iran and showing the catalytic power of the world’s great new democratic communication medium.
–Joel HoglundContains: Adult themes