Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


My Worst Enemy

Director Mehran Tamadon has been barred from returning to Iran because of his earlier documentaries delving into the thought processes of defenders of the country’s government, but he would like to return to his home country one day. In his newest documentary, Tamadon focuses on the interrogation methods of the Iranian police. My Worst Enemy was born out of the idea to make the film that he would take with him if he were to ever return to Iran. As he would likely then be arrested and the film confiscated, the interrogator would watch the documentary that mirrors their own behaviours. With a strong belief in the power of open dialogue, Tamadon hopes that this could have even the smallest effect on how the interrogator views their own actions.

In the documentary, Tamadon asks Iranian refugees to interrogate him in the same way that they have been interrogated by the Iranian police. The first people that Tamadon interviews do not want to take this role-play very far, not wanting to ask intrusive questions or behave in a threatening way. However, actor Zar Amir Ebrahimi accepts the challenge, and most of the documentary consists of a dialogue with her. Remembering her own violent arrest and getting into the role of the interrogator is very tough for Ebrahimi, which leads her to question the entire project, in which participants must dig up their painful and traumatic experiences.

Mira Sairanen

Content warning: discussions and re-enactments of torture, violence

Original Title: Mon pire ennemi
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: English
Length: 82 min
Age Limit: K16
Year: 2023
Production Country: France, Switzerland

Director: Mehran Tamadon
Producer: Raphaël Pillosio, Elena Tatti
Production Company: L'atelier documentaire
Screenplay: Mehran Tamadon
Editing: Luc Forveille, Mehran Tamadon
Cinematographer: Patrick Tresch
Sound Design: Simon Gendrot, Philippe Grivel