MON CINEMA: Khosro Sinai's "VIVA !" (1979)

Darius Kadivar
by Darius Kadivar

Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai's feature film based on the Revolution of 1979 entitled "VIVA !". Clearly influenced by the works of Costa Gavras' Stage of Siege and "Z" the film seemed to draw parallels between the Iranian Revolution and those which took place in South American dictatorships like in Chili particularly in its machiavelic depiction of the behaviour of the Shah's Military during the dark hours of the Revolution.

It would be interesting to know whether or not Khosrow Sinai judges this motion picture with the same indulgence 30 years later  or whether he sees it with a more critical eye as a "Propaganda" Movie comissioned by the new Revolutionary Regime in order to glorify the Islamic Revolution of 1979 ? Only Sinai can answer this question regarding this "oeuvre de jeunesse", I suppose.

NOTE: Khosrow Sinai is also the author of a magnificent and essential documentary entitled Lost Requiem about the fate of the Polish refugees in Iran during WWII.

Description – 1979-80
“Viva! …..” , 100 Minutes.
B&W – Feature film. (Khosrow Sinai, has been active in this production as: Co-Producer, Author, Scriptwriter, and Director)
Shown at: Karlovy vary international film festival (1980. participated in the main competition)

Recommended Reading:

Talking with Iranian Director Khosrow Sinai by MichaËl Abecassis



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The Documentation of these Films is fantastic.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

We are Truly fortunate that films like this exist, so that the younger generation knows what really caused the fall of the shah, propaganda can never be taken back Darius, those that speak, leave a message and documentation of the way they participated.

Murderer, crook, dictator, repressive, megalomaniac etd etc

Shah sure didn't seem to be lacking of ungrateful opposition in those days.

Most of the worlds media from major news papers can be brought up on microfiche and will be one day, to remind people of the nasty behavior of the bbc and other news services. 

ebi amirhosseini

Darius Jaan

by ebi amirhosseini on

Sepaas for sharing.He is a gem.

Ebi aka Haaji

Darius Kadivar

small correction

by Darius Kadivar on

Just to say I meant "manichean" depiction not "machiavelic" depiction ;0)