Topics: Globalization, Human Rights, Music / Art / Culture, Religion / Spirituality
Trails from the East heads to the "Land of the Ayatollahs" with a train journey from the Pakistani-Iranian border via Zahedan, Kerman to Tehran. In the train are young Iranians, speaking about their relationship with the regime. A traveller tells of mosques, empty in protest against the repressive policies of the Ayatollahs. In Tehran we meet the veiled female race car driver Lale Seddigh. Then we head to Istanbul - veils and burkas disappear at once as soon as the Iranian train crosses the Turkish border. Everything that is illegal, like alcohol, card games, singing and being unveiled, comes out in the train as soon as Iran is behind them.
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Trails from the East is a 13-part documentary series that chronicles a train voyage from the East to the West, through fast-changing societies, along the birthplaces of five world religions. The series tackles some of the great questions of today’s globalizing world. How do people cope with the continuing globalization? Is it a threat or an opportunity?