Two British adventurers set out to follow Iran’s longest river, aiming to go beyond the politics and showcase the culture and geography of this misunderstood nation. But they soon begin to wonder if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew…
Karun, the first feature-length adventure documentary I co-produced with Leon McCarron, was envisaged as a story of my wife’s homeland – the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Driving the project was my belief that we need to bridge cultural boundaries to make the world a better place, and that travel and adventure is an important tool in doing so.
I travelled alone to Iran in 2013 in order to learn Persian (Farsi), and in 2014 I went back with Leon and a video camera to try and capture more of this beautiful, inspiring and misunderstood nation.
To do this, we followed the Karun, Iran’s longest river, from source to sea by foot, packraft and bicycle, in order to see and film as broad a slice of culture and geography as we could.
Directed in partnership with filmmaker Rhys Thwaites-Jones, the resulting film tells the raw and undiluted story of our journey, delving into the issues and complexities we encountered, as well as touching sensitively on all that’s wonderful about travel in Iran.
Karun will be released to the public on November 17th 2015. Find out more at karunfilm.com.