But he doesn't regret for a second pulling back the veil on sexual hypocrisy and corruption he claims is at the heart of the Islamic Republic in his daring animated feature "Tehran Taboo"."I wanted to break the silence in Iran," Soozandeh told AFP at the Cannes film festival, where the film has been compared to Marjane Satrapi's international hit "Persepolis".Performative and site-responsive experiments entangling personal stories of leaving behind and moving ahead APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
This is a chance for artists to select and activate their personal documents through displacement, performance and site-responsive adventures.
Whether you had to leave your town or country for another, by choice, by force or by a mixture of the two, you have gone through a physical and emotional experience.
Private household: persons living together in one residence, sharing their living expenses and eating together constitute a household.
A person living alone also forms a private household.
As different as each of these journeys might be, there is a common challenge of leaving behind, moving, staying and belonging.
Through a series of studio-based and site-responsive activities we will explore how a sensation of the past and perception of the present can be superimposed onto one another in the process of transforming histories into actions.
Ali Soozandeh knows his film about the secret sex lives of Iranians will never be shown there.
Nor is he likely to be welcomed home with open arms for portraying a religious judge with a taste for sadomasochism who keeps a harem of women scattered across the country's capital.
Changing one's sexual identity in Iran is neither forbidden by religion.
Hundreds of Iranians have managed to turn their dream into reality - from a man into a woman, or vice versa.
The girl gets 100 lashes because the court found she falsely claimed she was raped and kidnapped, charges that could have resulted in the men's execution.