A Brief Peace

Ata Hayati • 52m

شهر خاموشان Directed by Ata Hayati • 2004 • Iran Contrary to the Westerners who want to prolong their life, for the Orientals and specially the Muslims, death is the beginning of a new life which they embrace. At least once a week, the people of Tehran go the biggest cemetery in their town (Behesht Zahra) to find a "brief peace" with their dead. This documentary, by presenting the culture of death in Iran, depicts how much death and life, laugh and cry; and sadness and happiness can be close. The cemetery is a rendezvous, a picnic place, a play ground and a training place for the soldiers.