In the spring of 2014, adventure filmmakers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron set out to explore a broad slice of culture and geography of Iran by following the country’s longest river, the Karun, from source to sea. Their aim was to go beyond the politics and explore the culture and geography of this most misunderstood of nations – and have a great adventure doing so.
What they found was a country markedly different to the one so often portrayed in Western media. Both Tom and Leon were driven to try and fight the growing amount of bigotry and hatred towards the cultures of this part of the world. That’s what had drawn them to the country in the first place.
Yet they also discovered that filming and travelling in Iran presented its own challenges, causing them to question many of the freedoms they took for granted. This, in many ways, represented the biggest lesson of the journey, and one of the central themes of the story they found in this stunning, misunderstood nation.