‘Just sit and gaze at the sky’

Mehrdad Oskouei, 42, travels around the world with an amazing repertoire of films. Unlike many Iranian filmmakers forced to live in exile, he says that it will be impossible for him to make films if he ever chose not to live in Iran. It is one thing to screen films abroad and quite another to make films outside Iran. 

Even if he travels to study or attend a festival, in the end, he returns to Iran. And no, he says he has zero problems making films in a country where it is perceived that the government is unfriendly to activities like music, dance and films.