Understanding Iran: Inside Iran by Rageh Omaar

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How much do you know about Iranian culture and their social settings?  Well, the BBC had another well put together program on the daily lives of the Iranian people.  This program aired on BBC a couple days ago in which Rageh Omaar embarks inside Tehran to see what problems and struggles ordinary people face.  This program will give you an inside look at culture within Iran as well as some of the political atmosphere between Iran and the U.S.

As the rhetoric continues between the U.S. and Iran, this should be a piece that is watch by all.  By understanding nations that are different from us, we can have a better respect for ideologies that is different from ours. 

The program is entitled “Inside Iran.” Run time 1hour 30mins

Rageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard – ordinary Iranians.

It took a year of wrangling to get permission to film inside Iran but the result is an amazing portrayal of an energetic and vibrant country that is completely different to the usual images seen in the media. A country of contrasts

Rageh soon discovers that Tehran is a complex place and uncovers a city of extremes of wealth and poverty, where some people survive on less than a dollar a day and others shop till they drop in glitzy shopping malls.

Iran is a country that bans women from riding motorcycles but where 60 per cent of the student population is female. It is also a youthful place, with two thirds of Iran’s 70 million population under the age of 30. Local stories

Rageh meets with local people to hear their personal stories and feelings about the current state of affairs in Iran. There are stories of taxi drivers, wrestlers, business women, people working with drug addicts and the country’s leading pop star and his manager – the ‘Simon Cowell’ of Iran.

Rageh Inside Iran transcends images of angry demonstrations and burning flags to reveal a country that isn’t without its problems but which is also fascinating, dynamic and hospitable.


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