A Forgotten Crime
The inside account of the unreported chemical war in Iran and its victims
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Elli Safari and Remmelt Lukkien are experienced documentary filmmakers. In Tehran they hired Kambiz Karimi, assistant to famous cameraman and photographer Kaveh Golestan (2003). Kambiz filmed sound on camera. Elli and Remmelt used their own small cameras in support. In later years they hired Tehran-based cameraman Farzin Khosrowshahi, who also filmed sound on camera.
The interviews outside Iran were filmed by Dutch cameraman Gilles Frenken and by Elli Safari herself. Elli also edited the film, based on a script by her and Remmelt Lukkien. Amsterdam sound designer Harold Jalving and color grader Joel Sahuleka did wonders to enhance the quality of sound and image.
While visiting Iran in 2002 Elli Safari and Remmelt Lukkien learned that many Iranians were still suffering and even dying from the chemical weapons Saddam Hussein used against them during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88). Spontaneously they hired a local cameraman and started to film the unknown humanitarian consequences of the use of chemical weapons. Realizing that these followed from the military and political events, they returned later to interview Iranian political and military leaders of the period and obtained unique archive footage of the war. Chronic lack of budget forced them to execute this production piecemeal over a period of many years, finally finishing it in 2014.