Iran, people of the volcano
Director : Mario Casella & Fulvio Mariani
Producer : Iceberg Film
Duration : 52'
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The daily news is filled with items on Iran. However, reports in the media never show the reality of daily life for those living in the remotest corners of this country. Families, men and women, young and old have settled in the valleys at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, between history and modernity. Whether to cling to a rural past or to fly off into an attractive but unknown future. Secularism or Islam? These are just a couple of the dilemmas facing the old and new generations.
In the spring of 2011 a small expedition set out on skis to explore this forgotten section of humanity, covering 2000 km of mountains spread along the ancient Silk Road: from the Turkish shores of the Black Sea to the Iranian border with Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Never previously attempted, this adventure will encompass the region’s numerous volcanoes, including Ararat (Turkey – 5147m) and Damavand (Iran – 5671m, the highest volcano in Asia) being the most well known. The aim of this itinerary is to produce a documentary on the peoples of this unfamiliar range of mountains. A unique adventure using an original form of transport to discover a rural world light years away from Europe.

To follow the expedition, please visit the production's blog:


Awarded as best mountain and adventure film at the Festival of Domzale/Lubjana in Slovenia. More info here

Selected in the "Terre alte" category at the Mountain, Adventure and Exploration festival of Trento (28th April - 6th May 2012) More info here