Celluloid Underground

BFI Doc Society Fund


Ehsan Khoshbakht


Adam Dawtrey


Mary Dawtrey


Production support


After the Iranian Revolution, a movie collector hid thousands of films in basements around Tehran, preventing their destruction by the new Islamic regime. Despite his arrest and torture, he refused to give up his secret. His quixotic story is told by the student who became his partner in crime, recollected many years later from exile in London. A coming-of-age thriller about oppression, resistance, and the subversive power of celluloid dreams.