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"My City, Pizza" (Shahr-e Man Pitza)

Director and Writer: Ala Mohseni
Director of Image: Reza Davood Abiat
Sound Recording: Hadi Amel
Sound Mix: Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Editing: Shahram Mokri, Ala Mohseni
Music: Arash Azizi, Ali Rohani
Narration: Ala Mohseni
Executive Producer: Maziar Bahari
Director Adviser: Manuchehr Moshiri
Assistant Director: Hadi Amel
Producer: Saeed Rashtian
Produced with the support of BBC World Service Trust
Color, DVCam, 16:9, 26 min, 2008, Iran & UK

While a wide range of delicious and wellknown traditional foods are available, yet Pizza is very popular in Tehran.This light-hearted, amusing, fast-paced document about eating habits in modern Teheran offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Iranian society. We see young people, old people, progressive and conservative Iranians who all divulge their identity via their standpoints with respect to the popularity of Italian fast-food; Pizza, in the capital.


Born in 1972 in Iran, Ala Mohseni is a Physics graduate. He started theater in 1991 the same time he started studying physics. He has acted in plays by well known directors such as Beyzaeie. In 1997, he joined an advertising company “Kelke Khial”as a writer and inspirer for making teasers and animations. In 2001, he finished a course on Filmmaking. In 2004, he made “Life” a documentary on one of the pioneers of Iranian cinema; Nosrat Karimi. In 2005, he accomplished a workshop by Abbas Kiarostami and became one of the selected members of the workshop. There he made a short comedy called “multi-purpose carpet”. Later in 2005, he made his second documentary “Kiasoltan”. “My City Pizza”, his latest documentary is the outcome of the workshop of BBC Trust World Service. He has been active as an actor in theater, cinema and television.





  • Int'l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) (2008/ Netherlands)
    Silver Cub Competition for short documentary
  • Adelaide Film Festival (19 Feb. – 1 March 2009/ Australia)
  • Oxdox – Oxford Int'l Doc Film Festival (21 – 28 April 2009/ UK)
    Winner of the Best Short Documentary
  • Chelsea Art Museum (15 July 2009/ USA)
  • Denver Film Festival (12 – 22 Nov 2009/ USA)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Netherlands (18 – 20 Dec 2009/ Netherlands)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (17 Jan 2010/ USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (28 and 30 Jan 2010/ USA)
  • Dresden Int’l Short Film Festival (20 – 25 April 2010/ Germany)
    Iran Personally Section
  • Al-Kasaba Int’l Film Festival (7 – 18 Oct. 2010 / Palestine)
  • Syracuse Int’l Film Festival (13 – 17 Oct. 2010 / USA)
  • Das Iranische Wien (24 & 27 Feb. 2011 / Austria)

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