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Dog Sweat

Hossein Keshavarz / Iran, USA / 2010 / 90 min


At once modern and ancient, Iran is a country of contradictions. Most of its population is under the age of 30 (and just like their counterparts in the West, constantly on Facebook), but it is ruled by an aging religious regime. Public life is dominated by chastity and sobriety, but behind closed doors, anything goes. So what is it like to be young there? Hossein Keshavarz's DOG SWEAT weaves the stories of several young people negotiating the fine line between conformity and subversion; facing constraints, finding freedom where they can, all the while accepting compromises that allow them some modicum of modernity. Feminist Katie (Tahereh Azadi) finds herself embroiled in an affair, while her brother Dawood (Ahmad Akbarzadeh), who's just returned from studying in the United States, warms to sweet Katherine (Sara Esfahani), but soon discovers the difficulty of finding a space to be physically intimate. Gay lovers Hooshang (Rahim Zamani) and Hooman (Bagher Forohar) have to stay under the radar, but Hooman faces an arranged marriage. Mahsa (Maryam Mousavi) dreams of a recording career that will never be legal and deals with a mother who is compelled to take a pilgrimage to Iraq. Finally, the soulful Massoud finally cracks, lashing out at fundamentalists, including his own uncle, in the wake of a family tragedy. Filmed secretly in Teheran, with the urgency of cinema verité, DOG SWEAT shows what happens when, as Hooman tells his bride-to-be, “You always have to fight to be who you want to be.” As he explains, “Sometimes it's easier just to give in.” Kuros Ghaffari In Attendance: Hossein Keshavarz (Director)


  • Director: Hossein Keshavarz
  • Producer: Hossein Keshavarz, Maryam Azadi, Alan Oxman
  • Cinematographer: Ehsan Karimi
  • Writer: Hossein Keshavarz, Maryam Azadi
  • Editor: Mollie Goldstein, Hossein Keshavarz


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