Seventeen months after they seized power from the crumbling regime of the former Shah of Iran, the country's mullah are now relentlessly imposing strict standards of morality on their 35 million subjects.
GV Teheran buildings, central city.
GV Shahyad Monument ZOOM IN TO water fountains beneath.
GV PULL BACK TO People in shopping arcade in old part of town.
GV Carpet stall with shopkeepers sitting around, women in veils shopping.
GV Fabric merchant shows merchandise.
GVs OF Window displays of ornaments and jewellery. (2 SHOTS)
GV Man in front of his hardware stall in old part.
GV Stalls on busy roadside, cassettes on sale.
GV EXTERIOR Supermarket.
GVs Stores displaying western-style clothes and shoes. (3 SHOTS)
GV People buying ice cream from street vendor. (no veils).
GV Cars at petrol station ZOOM INTO CU OF Meter.
GV PAN Cars in street. (2 SHOTS) (in traffic jam).
TRACKING SHOT Modern apartment blocks.
TRACKING SHOT Unfinished multi-storey buildings.
TRACKING SHOT OF Shanty town in front of unfinished multi-storey buildings.
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Background: Seventeen months after they seized power from the crumbling regime of the former Shah of Iran, the country's mullah are now relentlessly imposing strict standards of morality on their 35 million subjects. Alcohol, card-playing and mixed swimming are illegal. And from Monday (14 July) the mullahs, or clergymen, have decreed that recorded music will be illegal.
SYNOPSIS: Iran's capital of Teheran is a mixture of the old and the new: the country's traditional culture and the western culture -- and the rich and poor. The Shahyad square constructed by the deposed Shah, has been renamed Azadi Square. It was built near the Mehrabad airport to enable air travellers to visit the towering Azadi monument, also renamed, and its museum.
Eight months after the seizure of fifty-three United States hostages, a wide range of American goods is being sold by street vendors and shops all over the city. The list ranges from toothpaste to cooking oil, and from chewing gum to breakfast cereals. Jostling customer have been buying taper of foreign and Iranian singers as fast as they can before the ban on recorded music comes into force. Among them are Iranian women in their black veils who seem to have lost their struggle against the wearing of Islamic dress. Women who refuse to wear that the mullahs call modest dress now face prosecution.
Traffic congestion is one of the major problems of Iran's largest city and President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr and the city council have been experimenting with various traffic plans. Due to the congestion, all bus terminals have been shifted outside the city limits. The main source of transportation in the country is buses as there are only a few railroads connecting Teheran with some bordering towns in the north and south of Iran.
The construction industry flourished in Teheran before the revolution. After the Shah was Deposed, the industry suffered Heavily. Most of the owners of the construction businesses fled to other countries in fear of the revolutionaries. Iran's growing economic difficulties are said to be bringing real hardship to the people. One caused is seen as the non-stop power struggle which has blocked any decision-taking on the economy beyond meeting immediate needs. Another is said to be the effect of the West's economic sanctions in support of the release of the hostages.