JUNUB

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Among Iranian youths, junub carries much more meaning than just its literal definition of south. It has long been synonymous with an adventurous trip, a breath of fresh air and a sense of freedom. When winter cold comes to most of Iran, and the temperature drops below 30 C in its southern provinces, young Iranians scatter around the remote beaches and mountains of the Persian Gulf islands. Here, they enjoy the company of other open-minded Iranians and a ­­­­­relative safety to pursue their personal freedoms. The Iranian travellers reconnect with nature and bind closely with local communities, which thrive from the constant influx of tourists. In recent years, however, the island of Hormuz has become so infamous for its freedom-seeking youths that it drew attention of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps who keep a close eye on the visitors and regularly clear out campers from the Persian Gulf islands’ hidden beaches. Junub takes the viewer to one of the last refuges for Iran‘s free spirited minds and explores the magical landscapes and its temporary inhabitants.

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