Where music is a crime, this band’s driving the getaway car

Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad are indie rockers in Iran, and the Ayatollah can’t bust their music. Can he?

Director Bahman Ghobadi snuck his camera into Tehran to find out. The fictionalized documentary was co-written by Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist who was imprisoned for months in Tehran on trumped-up espionage charge. (It’s really a series of music videos, held together with a few thin narrative threads.) But the music is good, and the larger story—that of Iran’s embattled, impassioned arts community—is well worth knowing about. (Out on DVD tomorrow.)

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Where music is a crime, this band’s driving the getaway car