The Insanity Season

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History shows after big revolutions, communities are faced with political turbulence. Four days after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, bursts of machine gunfire in Iran’s west region heralded an insanity season. During the 1980s, especially during the first year of the decade, the whole country was in tumult. Many guerrilla and political groups came into being in order to fight against the dictatorship of Mohammad Reza Shah, the last shah of Iran. One of these groups was the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization, the MKO. However, after the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Masoud Rajavi took charge of the religion unit of the MKO. He commenced armed fighting during the years between 1979 and 1981. He began widespread terrorist attacks such as bombing the Islamic Republican Party and the Prime Minister Office. Mohammad Hussein Mahdavian is an Iranian director born in 1981. Although he doesn’t remember those days, he decides, along with his young crew, to make a film about that insanity season. He named his film “Midday Event.” A general picture of that time is presented by the film. Different parts of the film are presented during the documentary accompanying the related interviews. Moreover, different individuals are interviewed during the documentary. The producer of the film, Seyyed Mahmoud Razavi, for instance, talks about his motivations for producing the film.


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