The Guardian

The Guardian 12 May 2020

Our Iranian lockdown: how coronavirus changed one couple's life


A rare glimpse into the lives of a young couple in lockdown in Iran.  Filmed over several weeks in quarantine, Sara and Mohammad Reza attempt to process the devastating loss of a family member to Covid-19. The news of coronavirus spreading in Tehran is the backdrop to their lives indoors, they see the outside world from their window, neighbours setting off fireworks and street musicians playing for spare change. As they approach Persian new year, usually a time of family reunion, the couple find hope and happiness in the traditional rituals that mark the spring equinox.

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Filmed and edited by Dave Faye.
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