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Upcoming release: Movie about the nomads in Iran! SEE THE TRAILER (VIDEO CLIP)!

2004-09-18
One of my biggest challenges so far in moviemaking was to make a movie about the people in Iran.

Especially I wanted to portray the true story of a colourful people to the world, the nomads in this country!

During my tour in Iran in July 2004, I become so inspired by the country's unique wonders and rich culture. It was diverse, vibrant and magical. The greatest wonder of them all was the people. For me it was obvious: with such kindness and hospitality, Iranian people and culture never fails to win the hearts of them who visit the country.

 

When I started to make the documentary movie about the nomads in Iran, this vision stood clear for me. I visitied three nomadic groups during my tour in Iran: Bakhtiyaris (Bactrians), Luri (Lor) and Qashqai. I became so fascinated by their heart and soul that I got a special feeling for them, and this is my story expressed through a movie.

 

Based on my own experiences I called the movie: TREKKING THROUGH THE LAND OF THE IRANIAN NOMADS!

 

I am a 41 year old, aspiring amateur moviemaker who grew up in Vinstra (where Peer Gynt also was born, who the world famous Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen wrote about) in Norway, and now lives in Hosle, near the capital Oslo. Since I started travelling around the world in 1996 I have produced several movies from my tours as a hobby, and it still is. Without an education in moviemaking and pure equipment I am far from professional. But anyway I think I can get something interesting out from it.

 

Telling a story about a great people

In my opinion, making a movie is first and foremost about telling a story. To me it's the emotions and natural dramatic that counts. Since I am experienced in writing articles I think use this experience to make good stories in the films. It's so easy to become lost in all available visual- and sounds technical effects. But of course to make a story alive on the screen, you need to know about many things from start to end, also included technical effects.

 

First of all you need to know how to shoot, including preparation, camera movement, and sound and lighting basics; so comes the editing job including covering storyboards and timelines, trimming, inserting titles and adding special effects; and finally make the final edited movie available on DVD and internet.

 

Photo. A man from the Bakhtiyaris (Bactrians) Nomads showing proudly his daughter.

I was always ecountered by friendly smiles just as these persons on the photo show.

The movie about these people show their unique kindness and hospitality.

 

Final preparation

I am now preparing the final edited complete movie about Iranian Nomads for output. At my last movie "The moonshine trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro", I produced several editions for different purposes. The biggest challenge is to make the stories "float" from start to end. Since I seldom write scripts in advance, so I spend most of the time making the story after the films are taken. The reason for this is that I want everything to happen naturally, and I think that make my movie more interesting.

 

Photo. Luri (Lor) women in their beautiful costumes cooking.

This was the first day for celebration of a wedding.

 

My general rule is not to film and take photos before you have become familiar with the people. With excellent assistance from my guide Ali, I found the chieftains or other central persons in the tribes first (clan, group) and talked to them. They invited me to be their guest, gave me permission to look around and allowed me to film and take and photos. In some place the local people where delighted to guide me around and show me their secret places.

 

My current movie took me two weeks to shoot. It's too short time to give a deep insight of the nomadic life, but it gives some impressions how the nomads really are. My only crew were my two guides who joined me on the tour in Iran: Ali and Amir, father and son. They did a fantastic job taking scenes when I was socialising with the nomads.  

 

 

Photo. My two guides: father and son: Ali and Amir Manoochehri, Pars Tourist Agency (P.T.A), Shiraz, Iran.

Ali had great instincts. He always knew where to go, and so things starting to happen. With his excellent communication skills, he introduced me in his best way for the locals and then I become everbody`s guest.

 

People deserved to bee seen in a new light

Iran has got so much negative publicity during years that I wanted people around the world to see another side of it. What I have tried to do in the movie is to portray the Iranian people in a different light. To make up the balance for media`s on-sided covering, I did my best to paint a positive picture of them. I guess some people will be surprised by seeing how Iranian people really are. The underlying truth is more complex than you can imagine from the media, but knowing these people is something you wouldn't regret.

 

Photo. Women from the Qasqai Nomads dancing in beautiful costumes to their traditional music. It was so spectactular.

 

I still see the stereotype of Iranians when I read newspaper and watch TV. In my movie I really want to change people's perspective of Iranian people, especially of nomads. Unfortunately seen through history tribal societies have not always been so respected and well treated by other people. It's still a challenge that tribal societies face today.

 

The nomadic tribes I met were really great! For me they stand as a symbol for human's extraordinary achievement. Especially their annual migration is impressing. It's amazing that a people would so endure a journey of such tremendous efforts year after year.

 

Photo. A Luri (Lor) shepard taking care of the cattle.

 

I strongly believe in my stories because they are based on my own experience combined with additional reliable sources. Without any shadow of doubt I will strongly say that Iranian people are one of the most kindly and hospitable people I ever have met. This is a fact that shouldn't be overshadowed by political and religious issues.

 

I hope my movie could be an inspiration to all people who like to make friendship with people with different lifestyle and culture. If you are willing to adapt, your adventures in Iran could be the most rewarding ever.

 

Stein Morten Lund, 18 September 2004

 

Additional information

 

Movie title:

 

TREKKING THROUGH THE LAND OF THE IRANIAN NOMADS!

 

Click on this link for viewing the trailer from the movie: Choopy-dance.

 

Movie overview:

This is a documentary movie based on Stein Morten Lund`s adventures in Iran July 2004. He is a Norwegian Viking and adventurer who ventured high up in the snow-capped mountains to meet no madic tribes. On his way he became invited home to several families and clans. They showed him an unique kindness and hospitality that melted his heart.

 

Stein Morten experienced two wedding celebrations and was challenged in the world's probably most brutal dance, the Choopy-dance. It's really takes your breath away. As a guest he was honoured several times by being dressed up in the nomads' traditional costumes. They served him tea, delicious food and took care of their best as best they could. Everything happened naturally. Stein Morten just had to wait for the unexpected.

 

Photo. The moviemaker, Stein Morten, was honoured to be dressed up in the Bakhtiyaris (Bactrians) traditional costumes.

I was so proud wearing this costumes and I felt really good.

Today the Iranian nomads live on the edge in many ways. They are a brave people who live in a harsh, but beautiful landscape.

 

During their yearly migrations they wander thousand of kilometres. They cross deep valleys, wild rivers, high and steep mountains. Such hardship is amazing. Nothing can stop them.

 

Their dream about independence and freedom is still real. They have survived two revolutions in Iran last century, and now they struggle to survive encountering new challenges in their daily life. Their unique traditions are kept alive by weaving carpets, wearing colourful clothes, singing and dancing to own music. It's their heart and soul, and this is Stein Morten`s story about.

 

INTRODUCTION 1:

 

This is a story about a great people.

 

Their life has an ancient history.

 

They live in a harsh, but beautiful landscape, high up in the mountains with snow-capped peaks.

 

They have always fought for independence and freedom.

 

With their incredible strength and braveness, they have retained an unique lifestyle and culture.

 

With their breathtaking courage and stamina, they still climb and wander thousand of kilometres in a year.

 

These migrations are one of the most hazardous tests of human endurance known to mankind.

 

Nothing can stop them! Not even the deepest valley, the strongest river or the highest mountain.

 

With their unique kindness and hospitality, they have always the door open for visitors.

 

Their colourful costumes, rugs and carpets, beautiful music and fascinating dances, make them very extraordinary.

 

To this day their dream about independence and freedom is still real!

 

These people are really something.

 

They are the nomads of the Iran!!!

 

INTRODUCTION 2:

 

This movie is made as a tribute to the Iranian people in general, especially the brave and nice people I met high up in the Iranian mountains. They were the Bakhtyari, Luri and Qashqai Nomads. We had a really good time together, and I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unique hospitality.

 

END:

This movie is dedicated to the Iranian people in general, especially the Iranians nomads.  I send my best greetings to them I met: the Bakhtyari, Luri and Qashqai Nomads. I can ensure you: you will never be forgotten! You are the real heroes of the world!!!

 

LYRICS FROM MAIN SONGS:

 

You'll Never Walk Alone

(Gerry and the Peacemakers)

 

When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high,

And don't be afraid of the dark,

At the end of a storm,

There's a golden sky,

And the sweet silver song of a lark,

Walk on through the wind,

Walk on through the rain,

Though your dreams be tossed and blown,

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,

And you'll never walk alone,

You'll never walk alone.

 

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

(George Weiss / Bob Thiele) - Performed by Louis Armstrong

 

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and you

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shakin' hands, sayin' "How do you do?"

They're really saying "I love you"

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow

They'll learn much more than I'll ever know

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

 

Technical details:

 

Release date: 15 October 2004

 

Genre: Travel documentary.

 

Media Type: Colour.

 

Format:

Movie full version: Wide Screen - MPEG (DVD).

Trailer (video clip): Windows Media Player and MPEG (DVD). 

 

Produced and directed by

Stein Morten Lund

- A Norwegian Viking and Adventurer

Travel Explorations

Hosle, Norway

www.TravelExplorations.com

stein@TravelExplorations.com

 

Copyright

Stein Morten Lund

Travel Explorations

Hosle, Norway

www.TravelExplorations.com

stein@TravelExplorations.com

 

Starring

Stein Morten Lund

- A Norwegian Viking and Adventurer

 

Credit - a list of persons who contributed to this film:

Ali Hussein Manoochehri - Pars Tourist Agency (P.T.A), Shiraz, Iran

Amir Manoochehri - Pars Tourist Agency (P.T.A), Shiraz, Iran

 

Music

·        Iranian music

·        You'll never walk alone

·        Wonderful world

·        Queen

·        Are you ready?

·        Stormtrooper

·        And more

 

Related movies

The Bakhtiary nomads and their yearly migration across the Persian landscapes and their incredible psychical and physical efforts seem to have been fascinating enough to become a subject for two now classic films made by Hollywood Directors.

 

The First Grass: A Nations Battle for Life (1925).

This black/white film was made by the future producer of "King Kong", the Hollywood pioneer Merian C. Cooper. 

 

"People of the Wind" (1975),

This documentary film was narrated by James Mason. It become Oscar nominated in 1976. With the title "People of the Wind" this documentary become shot in colours in 1975 and released in 1976. When the crew filmed they were allowed to focus on one particular tribesman leader of the Babahdi tribe. He words was translated into English and read by the actor James Mason.

 

In the western part of Iran the Bakhtiari tribe must make an annual 8-week, 200 mile trip to the mountain summer pastures. In this migration 500,000 men, women and children cross the Zagros Mountains with all their livestock (one million animals) and possessions, a range which is as high as the Alps and as broad as Switzerland.

 

Payvand (Iranian Directory and Information Center): For more information about these movies click on the link: http://www.payvand.com/news/03/jan/1143.html

 

Both films are available for ordering on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/home.html/002-7860511-4493662

 

Information about other Iranian films is found on Payvand: http://payvand.com/film

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