No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
"Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh" (original title)

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Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Negar Shaghaghi ...
Ashkan (as Ashkan Koushanejad)
Hamed Behdad ...
Babak Mirzakhani ...
Mirza Band Member
Kosh Mirzahi ...
Yellow Dogs Band Member (as Kourosh Mirzaei)
Pouya Hosseini
Arask Farazmand
Shervin Najafian ...
Ali Rahmani
Ebrahim Asghan
Kamran Ahangari
Mina Bolouriani
Melahat Masoumi
Mehdi Barikani
Tabar Mehdi ...
(as Mehdi Tabar)


Negar and Ashkan, two young Iranian songwriters, decide to set up an underground band and look for other musicians to join them, but the authorities keep putting a spanner in the works. Fed up with being hindered from expressing themselves, the two young people try to get documents to leave the country for Europe. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Music


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Release Date:

23 December 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Af Ehad Lo Shama Al Hatulim Parsiim  »

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$8,843 (USA) (16 April 2010)


$79,848 (USA) (11 June 2010)

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French visa # 124149. See more »


Hamad Sevved sits down carrying a crying kitten and a mother cat jumps up on a chair nearby. In the next shot the mother cat is in Hamad's lap, jumping down. She comes back and takes the kitten away, but in the next shot Hamad has the kitten again in his lap. See more »


Babak: You've made it big. I hear you were on MTV. They talked about the concert - "blood-drinking and devil-worshipping..."
Negar: That's how they work. They try to smear musicians and lock them up.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »


Written by Mahdyar Aghajani
Performed by Mahdyar Aghajani and Bahman Ghobadi
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The healing power of music
17 July 2010 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

This movie confirmed and strengthened my optimistic vision that Iran will be the place where the Middle East will start healing itself. It also reinforced my dream that maybe one day I'll be able to visit this amazing country and meet its wonderful people . Now I also know there will be great music to listen to. The movie emphasizes the connections of the Iranians to their own land as well as their desire to open up to the rest of the world. That, to me, is the key to planetary healing everywhere, and there's no better force than music to help bring that about.

O.A. from Israel

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