This is “Ey Iran” performed by Iranian actors and actresses (for what I assume to be a film festival and/or new year’s celebration of some sort). The song is not the national anthem, but an ode to the country with a very interesting background history*. Weaving gorgeous strings of poetry it draws on pure and raw nationalism without imposing political ideology, and so is loved all across the political spectrum. The video is a montage of footages from the country’s best films (I was kinda excited to recognize some!) and incorporates musical elements from Iran’s ethnic minorities. It’s very well done for sure.
ps. Happy 2009! I hope to write more frequently here this year. Not a resolution. ;)Permanent linkMarzieh Ghiasi