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Houman Seyyedi – World War III #Venezia79

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It will ever be who is too powerful to give and who is enough poor to receive.

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PODCAST | Laura Della Corte interviews Houman Seyyedi, director of the  film World War III.

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In the interwiev with Houman Seyyedi, director of World War III, we talked about a phrase by Hannah Arendt that says that in dictatorships everything is fine until fifteen minutes before total collapse. This is what he wanted to tell with Shakib’s story.

World War III: Shakib is a homeless day laborer who never got over the loss of his wife and son in an earthquake years ago. Over the last couple of years, he has developed a relationship with a deaf and mute woman, Ladan. The construction site on which he works today turns out to be the set of a film about the atrocities committed by Hitler during WWII. Against all odds, he is given a movie role, a house and a chance at being somebody. When Ladan learns about this, she comes to his workplace begging for help. Shakib’s scheme to hide her goes tragically wrong and threatens to ruin his newfound status and what seemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime.


  • Reporter
    Laura Della Corte
  • Guest
    Houman Seyyedi
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    World War III
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