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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
23 Jun 2014

June 23, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Cars are seen in a parking lot of Shiraz. Due to the international sanctions, importation of foreign cars is expensive and many Iranians opt to buy locally produced cars.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
22 Jun 2014

June 22, 2014
Yazd, Iran

Local women shop at the local Grand Bazaar. Despite the increasing number of malls that have opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
21 Jun 2014

June 21, 2014
Yazd, Iran

A young girl walks in the streets of Yazd. Iranian women are increasingly reluctant to comply with government-imposed traditional dress codes and many have started to go around the prohibitions, wearing western-style hijabs made of fashionable fabrics.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A portrait of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini is displayed on a wall of the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Customers at the "Kentucky House" one of the fast food restaurant built inside the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

People shopping at the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Iranian youths walk in front of a recently opened unofficial Apple reseller.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A woman shops in an appliance center inside the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A young boy looks through a shop window.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Two girls check Facebook on a smartphone. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Traditional Islamic black chadors are sold at the local Bazaar. Iranian women are increasingly reluctant to comply with government-imposed traditional dress codes and many have started to go around the prohibitions, wearing western-style hijabs, made of fashionable fabrics.

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Taiwanese Taoists Celebrate the Birth...
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
15 Jun 2014

In Taiwan, it is traditional in Taoist belief to celebrate the birthday of deities according to the lunar calendar date. Today was the birthday of Tian Du Yuanshuai (meaning Marshal 'paddy field' Du), who's divine role is to be protector of Chinese regional opera. Many members of opera troupes in Taiwan revere him.

According to the legend, Marshal Tian Du was abandoned in a paddy field as a baby. Chinese mitten crabs came to his aid, saving his life by feeding him saliva through bubbles. For this reason, he is often depicted with a crab symbol on his forehead and his devotees will not eat crab out of respect.

These celebrations for gods and deities last for the day of the birthday and are usually accompanied by the unmistakeable brash, shrill sound of the suona wind instrument; a sound which is punctuated by the resounding thud of firecrackers being set off en masse. A figurine of the deity who is enjoying their birthday will be carried through the street, sometimes firecrackers are set off under the figure and followers may deliberately expose themselves to the searing force of the firecrackers as a sign of their devotion.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

A young girl drinks lemonade during the birthday celebration for of Imam Mahdi in a neighborhood of Tehran.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

A car is sold in a small show room of the capital. Due to the international sanctions, importation of foreign cars is expensive and many Iranians opt to buy locally produced cars.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Young women dress with traditional Islamic black chador in a street of the capital Tehran.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Two young girls walk the streets of Tehran. Iranian women are increasingly reluctant to comply with government-imposed traditional dress codes. Many have started to go around the prohibitions, wearing western-style hijabs, made of fashionable fabrics.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
11 Jun 2014

June 11, 2014
Qom, Iran

Two young pilgrims walk in front of a mosque in Qom, the second holiest city in Iran. The girl on the left is seeing wearing a patch, after having plastic surgery on her nose. Iran has the world's highest nose surgery rate.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
11 Jun 2014

June 11, 2014
Qom, Iran

Young pilgrims eat ice cream in a cafe in Qom, the second holiest city in Iran.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
11 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A local sits in front of a recently opened unofficial Apple reseller.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
10 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Customers walk through the Grand Bazaar of Tehran. Despite the increasing number of malls opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
10 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

A woman shops at the Grand Bazaar of Tehran.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
10 Jun 2014

June 10, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Pantyhose packages are seen with makeshift censorship markings on the models' arms and legs.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
09 Jun 2014

June 09, 2014
Tehran, Iran

People shop at Golestan Shopping Center, one of the first mall built in the country.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
09 Jun 2014

June 09, 2014
Tehran, Iran

People shop at Golestan Shopping Center, one of the first malls built in the country.

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Milan 12
Milan
By GC
09 Jun 2014

Milan (italy) 2/5/2015 Piazza Castello:
The Expogate Welcome Center for tourists it is one of the most disputed by milanesi and costing 6 million euros.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
08 Jun 2014

June 08, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

A view of the local Grand Baazar, the oldest in the Middle East. Despite the increasing number of malls opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
08 Jun 2014

June 08, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

Locals take photographs using their smartphones. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
07 Jun 2014

June 07, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

Women shoes are sold in a shop located inside the local Grand Baazar. Despite the increasing number of malls opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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Consumerism in Iran
Iran
By Ruom
07 Jun 2014

June 07, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

Iranian youths play backgammon on a tablet in a traditional cafe. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones.

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The Wedding Dress Tailor of Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By jmontasir
02 Jun 2014

Madame Zeinab is a feisty, 60 year-old tailor who operates a small workshop in Cairo making wedding dresses. As she pieces together the fabric, she reflects on her own love life –and how the dream of marriage is getting harder for many Egyptians to achieve.

Length 3.10 minutes
Location Cairo, Egypt
Film by Jenny Montasir
Prod. Assistant Ghada Fikri
Music C. Filipe Alves

SHOT LIST:

1 WS Giza street from above
2 MS Fruit sellers working
3 WS Busy street with traffic
4 WS Omraneya commercial street
5 MS Exterior sewing shop
6 MS Madame Zeinab entering workshop
7 CS Madame Zeinab hands moving white fabric on work desk
8 TC Madame Zeinab explains workday
9 CS Madame Zeinab hands draws and measures around dress pattern
10 CS Sewing machine
11 CS Sewing needle and hands moving fabric
12 CS Madame Zeinab eyes
13 MS Religious texts on wall
14 CS Black and white thread spools
15 MS Madame Zeinab stretches at sewing table
16 MS Crowded workroom, ironing board
17 CU Scissors and rhinestone trim
18 WS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with wedding dress
19 CU Madame Zeinab hand-sewing rhinestones to collar
20 MS Madame Zeinab flipping through notebook with sketches, speaking to off-camera customers
21 WS Madame Zeinab speaking with two female customers
22 TC Madame Zeinab jokes about why customers want to have their own wedding dress
23 WS Giza neighborhood from above
24 WS Omraneya street, teenage boy walking with baby
25 CU Photo of married couple in shop window
26 MS Wedding dress in shop window, traffic moving in reflection
27 MS Older man in street counts money at shop entrance
28 CU Exterior wedding tent
29 MS Children inside wedding tent
30 WS Bride and groom climb onto elevated platform
31 WS Seated women clapping
32 MS Young girl twirls bouquet, pan to seated bride
33 CS Twinkling lights strung in tent
34 CS Young man hypes crowd on microphone, other young man dances alongside him
35 MS Young men dancing frenetically in crowd
36 MS Bride and groom dance in a circle of guests
37 WS Giza street evening
38 MS Madame Zeinab discusses wedding dress design with her daughter
39 CS Notebook and ruler on workdesk
40 WS Madame Zeinab arranging white fabric on work desk
41 MS Madame Zeinab hobbles into break room
42 CS Colorful spools of thread
43 MS Madame Zeinab drinking tea
44 WS Daughter watching political rally on TV
45 CU Daughter's looking up toward TV
46 TC Madame Zeinab on hope for future
47 MS Madame Zeinab working on dress, reflected in mirror
48 MS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with white fabric, makes joke about getting married

SHOT LIST - Rough Version
1 WS Giza street from above
2 MS Fruit sellers working
3 WS Busy street with traffic
4 WS Omraneya commercial street
5 MS Exterior sewing shop
6 MS Madame Zeinab entering workshop
7 CS Madame Zeinab hands moving white fabric on work desk
8 CS Madame Zeinab hands draws and measures around dress pattern
9 CS Sewing machine
10 CS Sewing needle and hands moving fabric
11 CS Madame Zeinab eyes
12 MS Religious texts on wall
13 CS Black and white thread spools
14 MS Madame Zeinab stretches at sewing table
15 MS Crowded workroom, ironing board
16 CU Scissors and rhinestone trim
17 WS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with wedding dress
18 CU Madame Zeinab hand-sewing rhinestones to collar
19 MS Madame Zeinab flipping through notebook with sketches, speaking to off-camera customers
20 WS Madame Zeinab speaking with two female customers
21 WS Giza neighborhood from above
22 WS Omraneya street, teenage boy walking with baby
23 CU Photo of married couple in shop window
24 MS Wedding dress in shop window, traffic moving in reflection
25 MS Older man in street counts money at shop entrance
26 CU Exterior wedding tent
27 MS Children inside wedding tent
28 WS Bride and groom climb onto elevated platform
29 WS Seated women clapping
30 MS Young girl twirls bouquet, pan to seated bride
31 CS Twinkling lights strung in tent
32 CS Young man hypes crowd on microphone, other young man dances alongside him
33 MS Young men dancing frenetically in crowd
34 MS Bride and groom dance in a circle of guests
35 WS Giza street evening
36 MS Madame Zeinab discusses wedding dress design with her daughter
37 CS Notebook and ruler on work desk
38 WS Madame Zeinab arranging white fabric on work desk
39 MS Madame Zeinab hobbles into break room
40 CS Colorful spools of thread
41 MS Madame Zeinab drinking tea
42 WS Daughter watching political rally on TV
43 CU Daughter's looking up toward TV
44 MS Madame Zeinab working on dress, reflected in mirror
45 TC Madame Zeinab explains workday
46 TC Madame Zeinab jokes about why customers want to have their own wedding dress
47 TC Madame Zeinab on hope for future
48 MS Madame Zeinab at sewing table with white fabric, makes joke about getting married

SCRIPT
01:00:12:19-01:00:15:13
My name is Madame Zeinab.
01:00:15:22-01:00:18:22
I have a shop called Al-Karawan in Omraneya.
01:00:19:13-01:00:22:14
We can sew anything.
01:00:25:06-01:00:29:11
I'm here by 10am and I don't go home until 12 at night.
01:00:32:03-01:00:35:16
I stand and cut.
I sit at the machine, and I iron.
01:00:35:17-01:00:37:17
I do everything by myself.
01:00:41:01-01:00:43:06
I got a sewing machine for my engagement
01:00:43:07-01:00:45:17
so I could help my husband and work.
01:00:47:08-01:00:49:20
He was a primary school teacher in Al-Azhar.
01:00:51:02-01:00:52:17
I have five children,
01:00:52:18-01:00:55:18
and their father has been dead for 30 years.
01:00:59:22-01:01:02:03
Nowadays most people just rent.
01:01:02:10-01:01:05:22
It's hard for a woman to buy when
she can barely afford to get married.
01:01:05:23-01:01:09:18
She can't afford the furnishings.
So why would she buy a dress for 3000 pounds?
01:01:14:20-01:01:16:19
A lot of people say, 'I want to tailor my own dress
01:01:16:20-01:01:19:04
to have as a memory in my wardrobe.'
01:01:19:05-01:01:22:17
Whenever she sees it
she'll remember her wedding day.
01:01:22:18-01:01:24:14
Whatever marital problems happen afterward,
01:01:24:15-01:01:26:17
when she sees the dress, she'll calm down.
01:01:29:07-01:01:33:10
I got married in a time when
people married at 18 years old.
01:01:35:13-01:01:37:22
Of course marriage was much easier back then.
01:01:37:23-01:01:42:05
Life was cheap and things weren't
as scarce as they are now.
01:01:51:20-01:01:54:21
A woman can't stay unmarried.
01:01:54:22-01:01:56:18
If she doesn't get married,
what will people say?
01:01:56:19-01:01:59:20
It's even better to get married and get divorced.
01:01:59:21-01:02:03:03
Then at least she can say, 'Yes, I got married.
But I have bad luck.'
01:02:24:14-01:02:26:16
I have a daughter who's a teacher,
01:02:26:17-01:02:29:04
and I have Ahmed who has a bachelor in commerce.
01:02:29:05-01:02:32:22
Osama has a diploma, and Mohamed
has a bachelor in commerce, too.
01:02:32:23-01:02:36:19
But because there's no work, one of them is
a taxi driver and the others do whatever.
01:02:39:23-01:02:36:18
[On radio] The Egyptian Revolution of January 25th, 01:02:39:22-01:02:42:09
the greatest achievement of which was...
01:02:43:09-01:02:45:03
Because of the conditions of the country,
01:02:45:04-01:02:47:13
the youth can't find apartments.
There's no place to live.
01:02:47:14-01:02:50:01
This is what's stopping life.
01:02:50:02-01:02:54:15
Our hope is that this changes
so that the country gets better.
01:02:54:16-01:02:56:08
Enough with the destruction.
01:02:59:19-01:03:02:09
I'm 60 years old and I want to get married.
01:03:04:12-01:03:06:18
I want to get married.

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Chinese marriage 12
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
23 May 2014

Yang Yi's mother and step father on the stage at her wedding ceremony in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Hong Kong weddings differ considerably from their neighbors in mainland China. The processes of a wedding in Hong Kong are far more simplistic and less reserved. Many couples in Hong Kong have children before they are married, a practice virtually unheard of on the Chinese mainland.

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Chinese marriage 20
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
23 May 2014

Yang Yi from the Chinese mainland city of Zhongshan and her husband Kingsley Ho getting tea from YangÕs parents at their wedding party in Hong Kong. Yang Yi met her Hong Kong husband Kingsley on-line and after a three year relationship they were engaged to be married. Increasing numbers of Chinese youths are taking to using on-line websites to meet future potential partners. As China becomes modernized the stigma of meeting a partner on-line becomes less of an issue. An increasing number of young Chinese women are taking things one step further by using on-line sites to meet foreign men.

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Women of the Red Army 01
Moscow
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 May 2014

Born in 1925, 90 year-old Svetlana is the mother of four children. Drafted into the Red army with the outbreak of the war as a mail woman, she was positioned in Yakoutsk Siberia. She was 16 years old when the war began with the German invasion of her country on June 22n 1941.

“I learned about the invasion by radio, and it was a real shock for me," she recalls. She was then mobilised into the Red army, and positioned at a local military post office for the entirety of the war. Her work consisted of announcing the deaths of soldiers to their families or wives. In other words, she was like an 'Angel of Death’ delivering the worst news possible to loved ones, going from house to house knocking on people’s doors with a small triangular letter in her hand. During the winters, she remembers that because it was so cold she would travel on horseback from one location to another. Svetlana never doubted that the USSR would be victorious against the Nazis. “I new it would take time, but I never doubted our final victory," she said. After the war, she continued her work in the postal service.

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Women of the Red Army 02
Moscow
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 May 2014

Born in 1925, 90 year-old Svetlana is the mother of four children. Drafted into the Red army with the outbreak of the war as a mail woman, she was positioned in Yakoutsk Siberia. She was 16 years old when the war began with the German invasion of her country on June 22n 1941.

“I learned about the invasion by radio, and it was a real shock for me," she recalls. She was then mobilised into the Red army, and positioned at a local military post office for the entirety of the war. Her work consisted of announcing the deaths of soldiers to their families or wives. In other words, she was like an 'Angel of Death’ delivering the worst news possible to loved ones, going from house to house knocking on people’s doors with a small triangular letter in her hand. During the winters, she remembers that because it was so cold she would travel on horseback from one location to another. Svetlana never doubted that the USSR would be victorious against the Nazis. “I new it would take time, but I never doubted our final victory," she said. After the war, she continued her work in the postal service.

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Women of the Red Army 03
Moscow
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 May 2014

Born in 1922, 94 year-old Lubov (which means love in Russian) has had two children, two grand children, and four great grand children. During the war she was drafted into the Red Army to work in a field hospital in Grozny, Chechnya.

“The city was always in fire," she recalls. She was 21 years old when she started to work as a nurse in the Grozny field hospital. “My task was to dress soldiers' wounds and change their bandages regularly," she explains. “I also wrote letters to the parents who lost their son in various battles." Lubov was later decorated by the Red Army for her courage during the defence of the Caucasus against German forces.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine in a Jewish family of intellectuals and scientists, when asked about the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, she kept calm and replied with a strong sense of realism: “It is very sad what is happening in the Donbass. The Minsk accords are not being respected, and the propaganda works on both sides." She also added that Russia now is a better nation then during the USSR in terms of freedom of expression. “Before, when someone did not agree with the government, they were thrown in jail, or simply eliminated!”

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Women of the Red Army 04
moscow
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 May 2014

Born in 1922, 94 year-old Lubov (which means love in Russian) has had two children, two grand children, and four great grand children. During the war she was drafted into the Red Army to work in a field hospital in Grozny, Chechnya.

“The city was always in fire," she recalls. She was 21 years old when she started to work as a nurse in the Grozny field hospital. “My task was to dress soldiers' wounds and change their bandages regularly," she explains. “I also wrote letters to the parents who lost their son in various battles." Lubov was later decorated by the Red Army for her courage during the defence of the Caucasus against German forces.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine in a Jewish family of intellectuals and scientists, when asked about the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, she kept calm and replied with a strong sense of realism: “It is very sad what is happening in the Donbass. The Minsk accords are not being respected, and the propaganda works on both sides." She also added that Russia now is a better nation then during the USSR in terms of freedom of expression. “Before, when someone did not agree with the government, they were thrown in jail, or simply eliminated!”

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Milan 19
Milan
By GC
03 May 2014

Milan (italy) 2/5/2015 Bridge Bussa:
A violin player of the street rest in shade below with her dog in Bridge Bussa in the neighborhood Island, after a day of work.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 01
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2014

Only a few thousand Jews have remained in the port city of Mariupol. A mere 12 Kilometers East of the city fighting rages between pro-Russian separatists and volunteer battalions struggling to keep the town of Shirokino. The Chabad Lubavitch organization tries to keep track of its members still within the city while providing help to these various Jewish families in need.