Poignant YouTube Videos Give Voice to Ordinary Iranians

Filmmaker Ali Molavi has released a new YouTube video that asks 50 Iranians one question: What is your biggest fear? Molavi goes out into the streets of Tehran and captures the answers of a wide array of Iranians who discuss matters that are universal to the world over, as well as very pertinent to the social, cultural, and political conditions of Iran.

Answers that could be applied universally included “the confusion of this world”, “heartbreak”, “loneliness”, and “God”. Pertinent to Iran were answers such as “war and nuclear matters”, and “fear of the fact that women in Iran have no value.”

Iran is currently under international sanctions for its nuclear program that many believe is for military purposes. Under constitutional law and the Iranian penal code, Iranian women have many unequal rights within Iran, a struggle fueling the country's women's movement since before the beginning of the 1979 Revolution. 

Molavi is a freelance filmmaker and animator based in Iran, who started this series in February 26, 2013 with a YouTube video asking Iranians what they wished for. He followed it up in January 4, 2014 with another video asking Iranians what ability they wished for.


  • Melina

    is there a version with subtitles in Englihs? Tanks!

    • L. Finch

      Hi Melina, after you click play on the YouTube player, click on the small icon of a box with two lines in it, found at the bottom right of the player (between the icon of a clock and a gear). That should turn on the English subtitles.

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