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Director Mehrjuii writing account of his Dubai detention in book
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The Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii in an undated photo
The Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii in an undated photo
TEHRAN – The Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii has said that he is writing an account of his detention at Dubai airport in 2009 in a book entitled “Two Narrations, Two Memories”.
 
Speaking in 30Five, a video magazine which was launched by Iranian director Fereidun Jeirani last week, Mehrjuii said, “When we got off the plane and took our luggage, a policeman stopped me from among all the people with whom we were traveling together and began to check my suitcases.”
 
“They found nothing except some adult cold and tranquilizer pills, for which I was harassed until morning and they finally demanded that I be tested for addiction,” he added.
 
Mehrjuii’s detention occurred in October 2009 when he and a number of his colleagues in an Iranian cultural delegation were heading to visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
“I want to write an account of my detention for some pills to share the experience of imprisonment in Dubai,” Mehrjuii stated.
 
The book also contains his memories of his visit to Paris along with the Iranian writer Gholamhossein Saedi (1936-1985) in 1979.
 
Mehrjuii, 74, described himself as an avid reader and added, “I read 200 pages from a book every night to sleep.”  
 
So far he has not entered into a contract with a company to publish “Two Narrations, Two Memories”.
 
In August 2012, he published “Daruish Mehrjuii”, which comprises reviews on his films before 1989.
 
He has also tried his hand at translation by rendering U.S. writer Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” and “True West” into Persian.
 
Mehrjuii has also translated Antonio Moreno’s book “Jung, Gods and Modern Man”, Eugène Ionesco’s plays “The Lesson” and “The Bald Soprano”, and Herbert Marcuse’s “The Aesthetic Dimension”.
 
He is also the author of “For the Sake of a Feature-Length”, a novel about a young director who is planning for his debut film after making several short films.
 
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