Is Iran really that bad?

If you don’t already have a negative opinion about Iran, possibly largely driven by the country’s somewhat colourful history and by the western media, then Donald Trump’s diatribes may have been the final nail or, more fittingly in this case, ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.

The sad truth is, many say, Iran is misrepresented, and the country’s reputation for being associated with violence, terrorism and societal repression is at the very least exaggerated, if not just completely undeserved.

Many believe there’s possibly as much violence and repression on our own shores – and that it’s just reported differently.

Iran’s poor public image prevents many from visiting Iran. Which is a shame, because it’s the seat of one of the oldest civilisations, with pre-historic and historic importance unrivalled across the planet. The buildings and architecture are astounding, the food amazing and most people just like you and me – friendly and eager to please. The stories that were born in Iran, née Persia, are for the ages. Put simply, it’s a fascinating place.

In this web series, Dutch filmmaker and photographer Reinier van Oorsouw travels to Iran with the simple question: Is Iran really that bad? What he finds is a modern and nuanced society far different from what’s typically portrayed in the media.

Episode one: Is it really that bad!?

Episode two: Iranian girls don’t all wear hijab

Episode three: Iran is the most hospitable country I’ve ever seen

Episode four: The desert in Iran is the best place to chill

Episode five: This is the Iran never shown by the media

Have you been to Iran? Would you go? What’s stopping you?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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