“This is not a Hat” is a documentary feature film with a runtime between 80 to 90 minutes. The film demonstrates the role of hats in traditional societies (i.e., Middle Eastern or religious societies or any other group which is constructed around patriarchal values) as a regulating tool to keep the integrity of traditions and as an instrument for subjection and suppression of any non-compliance attitudes.
This documentary presents a look at the history of human headwear as a nodal point of socio-cultural issues in pre-modern societies, where customs and old practices field the gap of civil law. It draws a picture of old cultures where a person’s headwear could determine if they were permitted in certain parts of a city or if a man and a woman could engage in a routine conversation in the middle of the city bazar. In addition, the film doesn’t forget to show the relevance of all this to the contemporary situation from a wider and global perspective, by pointing out the use of headwear in today’s groups and subcultures, like the Fez in American fraternities or Bandanas in some local gangs, or MAGA hats for supporters of Donald Trump.
In “This is not a Hat” we cover a lot of ground in human history and chance upon several periods of revolt and struggle. Our journey is usually accompanied by voices of authority such as historians and university professors. This approach may be reaching in new information, but may quickly bore the audience if it’s not accompanied by equally interesting visual and auditory content. So, we need to be smart in our artistic approach if we don’t want to lose our viewer before they get connected to the films line of inquiry.
This film is intended for all adult audiences around the world. The narrative is developed as such so every adult person around the world finds it relevant to their contemporary situation and also reflective of their historical and cultural heritage.
All the production crew of “This is not a Hat” are from Iran where gives us access to the remnants of historic civilizations and we can take a fresh look at the relics of ancient kingdoms and representation of people and their hats. Subsequently, we are going to interview people from various tribes of Iranian nomads who have preserved their ancient ways, so hopefully, by documenting the way they use headwear to regulate various daily functions and inter-tribal relations, we can have a glance into the importance of headwear in pre-civilization society.