Dancing Tehran

Iran's women dance in solidarity

Dancing Tehran 17-year-old Maedeh Hojabri found herself confessing to moral crimes on Iranian state TV after authorities clamped down on her Instagram account. Her story inspired the viral #dancingisnotacrime protest.
For other episodes in the series, see below:

Trapped In A City Of A Thousand Mountains - Coming Soon

Palestinian Underground - Watch Now

Letter To The President - Watch Now

NAJA - Watch Now

"I felt the pain because I went through what Maida went through" says journalist and activist Masih Alinejad, who published the story of Maida's arrest and confession under duress. "As a prisoner, I did a false confession. As a woman, I was punished because of dancing and taking off my hijab", says Alinejad. She saw the power of social media to unite the call for women's freedom, as women and men danced in solidarity.

The Producers

Jos de Putter - Director

Jos de Putter is a documentary film maker and creative producer based in Berlin. His works have received a slew of awards and premiered at film festivals across the world, including the Berlinale, Toronto International FF and IDFA. In 2005, Jos was honored with a retrospective of all his films in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, at Festival dei Poploi in Florence and his experimental short Passers By was shown at the MOMA, New York. In 2013, he started producing webdocs for Dutch online news site 'De Correspondent', and more recently for Dutch public television network 'HUMAN'.

Deep Focus Webdocs - Producer

Jos has been producing, editing and presenting short documentaries ('webdocs') for online platforms since October 2013. The webdocs offer serious and innovative visual journalism, provide crucial context into the stories they share and allow viewers to engage with them on a personal level. They distinguish themselves from current online and print journalism, creating an independent reflection of the news. Since 2013, over 70 short webdocs have been produced, winning numerous awards at international festivals.

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