The Tree That Remembers

In 1992 a young Iranian student hanged himself on the outskirts of a small Ontario town. Having escaped the Ayatollah's regime and found a new home in Canada, he could not escape his past. In this film, Masoud Raouf documents the experiences of Iranian-Canadians - former political prisoners like himself - who were active in the Iranian democratic movement and continue to struggle with the past.

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Beyond the headlines of political unrest in Iran, this film focuses on several people who were imprisoned and tortured by the government there simply for their beliefs. Director Masoud Raouf points a very intimate portrait of these people who, having escaped to Canada, now have to deal with apathy from their adopted country. Some of the stories are heart wrenching, but throughout we see just how strong the human spirit really is.

— Albert Ohayon

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  • roya

    “Beautifully told.. Deeply moved.” — roya, 4 May 2011

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Film Credits

director
Masoud Raouf
animator
Masoud Raouf
director of photography
Ali Reggab
sound recording
Diane Carrière
Marco Fania
picture editor
Yurij Luhovy
sound editor
Don Ayer
original music
Eric Lemoyne
Mark Goodwin
voice recording
Geoffrey Mitchell
Patrick Viegas
animation camera
Pierre Landry
re-recording
Serge Boivin
archival research
Colette Lebeuf
consultant
Anna Fuerstenberg
researcher
André Surprenant
Marie Surprenant

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