MTB Out of The Box – Iran
(Also available in 38 mins) Shot in 2014 in northern Iran ‘MTB OTB’ is a mountain bike action documentary about Iran’s best mountain bike riders. They will show another Iran that goes beyond the mainstream and gives an insight into the off-the-wall mountain bike scene of one of the most isolated countries in the world, far away from the axis of evil and religious fundamentalism. Hossein Zanjanian, Iran’s best downhill rider, and his small band of intrepid mountain bikers present a very different perspective on the country. Besides stunning scenery, gripping mountain bike action and an unique insight into the country and its people, the film also examines some of the tensions—like the immense cultural status of the automobile in Iran, which further diminishes respect for bicycles in the country; and the acute difficult of finding bikes and parts due to import sanctions on the country. The film’s highlight is a national downhill race hosted by the Iranian cycling federation.