Passion projects can produce some of the most inspiring work, but also some of the most disappointing. Creators of such personal pieces can expose certain stories that others have very little knowledge of, but they can also become so invested in one aspect that the rest of the project suffers. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is the definition of a passion project for Navid Khonsari, so much so that he has risked beingbanned from re-entering his homeland just to get this message across to the public eye. 1979 is about the Iranian revolution that occurred throughout the late 70’s in attempts to overthrow the Shah and install a reliable government. Unfortunately, many westerners know very little about this subject, something that will undeniably change by the time you see 1979’s credits roll.
Heading this emotional journey is the main character Reza Shirazi, a man that bleeds pride for his country, but also has an unwavering commitment to his family. He seems to have little combat experience, but instead relies on being a photojournalist to uncover the truth around him. As you walk around the streets of Iran, you get notifications of different photo opportunities. An early showing of this comes during a protest that sees Reza on top of a building while people below show their disdain for the oppressive regime.