Pale Blue

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Date Time Venue
3/10 (Tue) 7:30 pm Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre*
24/10 (Fri) 7:30 pm Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

*Q&A session with guest

Arash Lahooti
Iran / 2016 / 72 min
In Persian with Chi & Eng Sub

A psychiatric hospital in Tehran takes in war veterans suffering from mental issues after the Iran-Iraq War. The film documents the lives of four veterans as they try to rebuild their lives post-war.

Director's Profile
Arash Lahooti is a director, producer and editor. His works include Trucker and the Fox and Hero and the Cloak. Lahooti received multiple awards such as Gold Hugo of Documentary Competition at Chicago International Film Festival and Grand Prize of Asian Vision Competition at Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

Background Information

War broke out between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s and had lasted 8 years. The death toll of Iraq and Iran in total exceeded 1 million, while economic losses exceeded 600 billion USD.

The war stemmed from centuries of conflict between different religious factions and racial groups. Whilst both Iraq and Iran are Islamic countries, Sunni Arabs make up the majority of the population in Iraq and Shiite Persians that of Iran. After the Shia cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty in the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he expressed on multiple occasions the intention to assist Sunni Muslims in Iraq to revolt against the regime headed by the Shiite president Saddam Hussein.

Following a series of border conflicts, Saddam Hussein mobilised the Iraqi Army which engaged in a string of battles with the Iranian Army along the border with victories and defeats on both sides. At one point Iraq asked for a ceasefire and peace talks, but the request was ignored by Iran which then had the upper hand. It was only after 8 long years, after more than a million of lives were lost and the economies of both countries -- especially that of Iran which had weakened since the revolution -- were crippled before the two sides agreed to a ceasefire brokered by the United Nations in 1988.


Screenings at the Hong Kong Arts Centre will be available at URBTIX from 7 September.
Ticket Price: $70 / $50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

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Tel: 2540 7859