Every country, including our own, limits access to foreign film crews.
We're here in Iran with the permission of the Iranian government.
Under the Shah’s rule, prostitutes – who were already breaking the law then – worked mainly in the capital’s red-light district, known as Shahr-e-no or New Town.
In 1979, revolutionaries launched a crackdown on brothels and tore them down.
"I have lived outside of Iran for twenty-seven years," he says. I have traveled all over the world, and Tehran is the only place where my feet feel like they have found the earth." He lifts his window shade and nudges me. To what extent any of this is true I have no way of knowing, but the possibility alone has the effect of making me feel like a paranoid shoplifter every second I'm there.