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Contemporary drama from Iran. A writer must cheat the censor to publish his love story. Sara and Dara's illicit love must elude the feared Campaign Against Social Corruption.

Contemporary drama from Iran. A writer must cheat the censor to publish his love story.

In order for his book to receive a publishing permit, the writer must convince Mr Petrovich, the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, that it will not provoke sin in the mind of the reader.

His characters, Sara and Dara, meet at a riot and are obliged to hide their encounters from both their families and the regime's Campaign Against Social Corruption, the feared citizen-guardians of Islamic morality. Gender separation is rigorously enforced and illicit passion punished so the lovers exercise their creativity to meet in secret amid the bustling streets of Tehran, in an empty cinema and a hospital A&E unit. Discovery would mean imprisonment, or even death.

Yet writing freely of their encounters puts the writer in as much peril as his own fictional lovers in this Farsi "Fahrenheit 451".

Written by Shahriar Mandanipour
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor from the translation by Sara Khalili

Executive Producer: Sara Davies
Sound Design by James Morgan and Steve Bond
Music by Gorkem Sen
Produced and Directed by Nicolas Jackson

An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4.

58 minutes

Last on

Sun 26 Aug 2018 15:00

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Role Contributor
Writer Kevork Malikyan
Petrovich Philip Arditti
Sara Isabella Nefar
Dara Amir El-Masry
Jafar Raad Rawi
Golshiri Raad Rawi
Stepmother Mia Soteriou
Librarian Mia Soteriou
Young Dara Beatrice Butler
Author Shahriar Mandanipour
Translation Sara Khalili
Adaptor Hattie Naylor
Director Nicolas Jackson
Producer Nicolas Jackson

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