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Iran - Is it Really that Bad?

With all of the negative press Iran gets in the media, Dutch filmmaker Reinier van Oorsouw decided to visit the country with one question: Is it really that bad?  In this 5-part series, we follow him from Tehran across the desert where he’s warmly invited by local people to dance, to eat, and to learn more about their lives. What emerges is an altogether different portrait of Iran — a safe and modern country for travelers to enjoy, a place with awesome ski resorts, amazing gatherings in the dunes, and pockets of alt culture where kids, just like anywhere else, get stoked on Instagram.

Iran - Is It Really That Bad? Episode 1

For most people in the West, Iran is a country associated with terrorism, violence, and societal repression. Dutch filmmaker and photographer Reinier van Oorsouw travels there with the simple question: Is Iran really…

Iran - Is It Really That Bad? Episode 2

Filmmaker Reinier van Oorsouw continues his journey of connecting with local Iranian people and showing a side of the country you don't see in the news. Heading south from Tehran to Esfahan, he smokes shisha with…

Iran - Is It Really That Bad? Episode 3

Join filmmaker Reinier van Oorsouw for a look at the Iran you never see in the news. In this episode, Reinier gets invited to sleep over in a locals' home, talks with an American who has just moved to Iran, and finds…

Iran - Is It Really That Bad? Episode 4

For Nowruz, the local new year, filmmaker Reinier van Oorsouw drives deep into the Iranian desert, getting stuck, then rescued by some wild locals who invite him into the their celebration. This is the Iran you…

Iran - Is It Really That Bad? Episode 5

In the fifth and final episode of Is It Really That Bad?, filmmaker Reinier van Oorsouw travels through the beautiful Alborz mountain range. Here he snowboards at Dizin Ski Resort, and explores the Alamut Valley. As…

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