Made in 1999, but you speak such good English is a half hour documentary, which explores different aspects of the first generation Iranian immigrant experience from the insider's perspective. The film focuses on the younger generation, who has very few memories of their country, and yet feels an undeniable pull towards identifying themselves as Iranians. The film is a fast paced and above all very entertaining look at the issues of ethnicity and separation told from the point of view of four dynamic and funny characters, including the stand-up comic, Omid Djalili.
but you speak such good English is the first documentary of this kind to focus on the Iranian population in London. The Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 resulted in approximately 2 million Iranians leaving the country, of which approximately 40,000 have settled in the UK. This film offers an important opportunity to show another side to a community whose people are only ever portrayed by the media in a one dimensional way.
The film uses the tool of comedy to convey the more serious aspects of the immigrant experience in an accessible and palatable way. With lyrical sequences of dream-like Super 8 and music coupled with often touching interview material, the film offers an eye-opening look at a very private community.
Country of Production UK
Viewing Copy DVD/VHS Pal
Screening/Exhibition Format Digibeta Pal
Screenings & Broadcasts
St John's International Women's Film & Video Festival, Newfoundland, CANADA
Bite The Mango Film Festival, Bradford, UK
International Exile Film Festival, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, UK
"Association des Chercheurs Iraniens" Conference, University of London, UK
omen in the Director's Chair, Chicago, USA
3rd Biennial SIS Film Festival, Washington D.C., USA
Open Tent, 2nd Annual Middle East Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
1st Vancouver Iranian Film & Video Festival, Vancouver, CANADA - Winner of Festival Director's Merit Award
Kinofilm 2000 Film Festival, Manchester, UK
17th Annual MESA FilmFest, Orlando, USA
Unveiled Lives: Women in Iranian Cinema, Barbican Centre, London, UK
Funded by Iran Heritage Foundation.