Climbing Iran

Climbing Iran

Italy

2020

53 min

Italy

2020

53 min

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“People often ask me why I wear nail polish. When I climb, it’s all scratched off. I look at my hands and think: Oooh - I did a lot of climbing today!” Nasim, with her hot pink nail polish is a pioneer of outdoor climbing in Iran, where women are meant to train in their veils on indoor walls only, during fixed hours, and only with other women. After being a young champion in different sports from karate to kickboxing, Nasim followed the call of the mountains. She decided to go beyond the barriers imposed on women in Iran. “Gravity doesn’t ask me what my passport is. It takes you down in the same way, whether you are rich or poor, black or white, Iranian or Italian.” The film profiles an extraordinary woman determined to push the barriers opposing her passion, whether they are physical, social, psychological, geographical, or ideological. Committed to changing things little by little, Nasim brings other young women to the walls of Polekhab outside Tehran, teaching them how to climb and get independent. Nasim’s dream can become reality: to open a new route on the Alps and join the international climbing elite.

“People often ask me why I wear nail polish. When I climb, it’s all scratched off. I look at my hands and think: Oooh - I did a lot of climbing today!” Nasim, with her hot pink nail polish is a pioneer of outdoor climbing in Iran, where women are meant to train in their veils on indoor walls only, during fixed hours, and only with other women. After being a young champion in different sports from karate to kickboxing, Nasim followed the call of the mountains. She decided to go beyond the barriers imposed on women in Iran. “Gravity doesn’t ask me what my passport is. It takes you down in the same way, whether you are rich or poor, black or white, Iranian or Italian.” The film profiles an extraordinary woman determined to push the barriers opposing her passion, whether they are physical, social, psychological, geographical, or ideological. Committed to changing things little by little, Nasim brings other young women to the walls of Polekhab outside Tehran, teaching them how to climb and get independent. Nasim’s dream can become reality: to open a new route on the Alps and join the international climbing elite.

Original Language

English/ Farsi

Direction

Francesca Borghetti

Camera

Davood Ashrafi/ Corrado Measso/ Federico Santini

Editing

Aline Herve

Script

Francesca Borghetti

Producer

Filippo Macelloni

Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Francesca Borghetti has a background in Cultural Anthropology, and worked in documentary since 2000. She received her Eurodoc diploma in 2010. Borghetti has developed, written, and produced a number of documentaries with DocLab, Fabulafilm, Rai Storia, Rai 5, and Babel Tv and been spokesperson for Doc/it, the Italian Documentary Association. She also worked for the TV program PETROLIO-RAI, responsible for acquiring national and international documentaries. Climbing Iran is Borghetti’s first feature documentary as director.

Francesca Borghetti has a background in Cultural Anthropology, and worked in documentary since 2000. She received her Eurodoc diploma in 2010. Borghetti has developed, written, and produced a number of documentaries with DocLab, Fabulafilm, Rai Storia, Rai 5, and Babel Tv and been spokesperson for Doc/it, the Italian Documentary Association. She also worked for the TV program PETROLIO-RAI, responsible for acquiring national and international documentaries. Climbing Iran is Borghetti’s first feature documentary as director.

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