No Country for Young Man

Iran has been experiencing a very high rate of “Brain drain” during the last few years. While feeling confused, many Iranian intellectuals and college graduates naturally come to believe that leaving Iran is the ultimate solution to their bewildering situation. However, as soon as they leave, another set of holes emerge in their lives. They have to face whole new sets of conflicts and deal with a new set of circumstances such as cultural and social shocks, communication barriers, etc. Something like a sense of belonging is still missing.The film explores the contrast between Iranian youth’s taste of life and what the country has to offer. It visually demonstrates the contradictory feelings of constant homesickness that this generation is experiencing whether they decide to stay home or leave it. By focusing on the theme of “friendship”, the film tries to create more adequate representations of what is happening beneath the surface with the feelings of individuals.
The main focus of the film is on a circle of thirteen close friends amongst which there is only one person still left in Iran. Through deep interviews, the film tries to explore how they feel to watch their friends leaving home and what themselves feel after they leave. Among this increasing crowd of youths leaving the country everyday, many have left looking for something that was not clearly defined. They leave hoping and seeking for a better place, and for some kind of security. But security itself is tied with the concept of home. When we leave we feel deported from our first home, from our country, from our childhood, our family and from our authentic self. Despite all that, the number of people leaving Iran still increases every day.

Sadaf Javdani

Sadaf Javdani was born and raised in Iran. She finished her bachelor of sociology in Iran while simultaneously she was studying photography. Her interest in human science and art and combining these two braches together brought her to continue her education in a Master program of Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie univeristaet Berlin. Sadaf is currently working on her PhD thesis which is about the critical theory on new technology and the role of the Internet in social interactions with a case study of Iran.