Iran enjoying some respite from its recent troubles with reports of violence in the country at the lowest levels for six weeks.
GV Shahyad monument in Teheran
GV PAN FROM Traffic TO skyscraper apartment block (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Apartment blocks TO new block under construction
GV ZOOM OUT ROM New overpass under construction
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Man welding girders TO high rise complex under construction
CU Worker bending iron reinforcing rod
GV ZOOM OUT FROM High rise buildings TO scaffolding on new complex (2 shots)
GV Apartment blocks nearing completion (2 shots)
SV People walking in street and buying fruit ( shots)
CU Moslem woman with baby and husband
SV People at bookstall (2 shots)
GV Cinema with crowds outside (2 shots)
GV Iranians playing tennis with modern buildings in background (3 shots)
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Background: Iran enjoying some respite from its recent troubles with reports of violence in the country at the lowest levels for six weeks. Production at vital oil refineries is slowly returning to normal. In the capital of Teheran, work on development projects is evidence of the continuation of the Shah's programme for social reform and economic growth. The opposition of conservative elements of the Iranian population to this programme has manifested itself in many of the demonstrations which have taken place in the recent unrest.
SYNOPSIS: Iran's best-known modern-day landmark, the Shahyad monument, cuts an impressive line above Teheran. Nearby stand brand new skyscrapers and apartment buildings -- testimony to the Shah's modernisation programmes. In recent weeks it has been in this setting that some of the bloodiest and most violent anti-Shah demonstrations have been held.
In the earl sixties the Sea's progressive liberalisation reforms centred on new industries and technological development for the Iranian capital. With the modernisation of Teheran came a work-force from Iran's provincial agricultural areas. However the new environment presented new social tension. Among them wage awards did not match price rises, leading to industrial unrest.
The tensions that have recently surfaced erupted twice in the past four months. However the Shah remains adamant that his liberalisation policies will continue, regardless of the opposition. Moslem leaders believe his policies have eroded the foundations of Islam. They claim the Christian culture in the west has been destroyed by modern civilisation and fear that the same may happen to their religion in Iran.
These days the streets of Iran present two contrasting life styles. There is a tight-knit community made up of people who have kept close to their traditions. But with the Shah's liberalising reforms have come other aspects of Western life that have not been well received. Religious leaders point to Western-influenced literature and films as an element that is reading down Iran's traditional Moslem values.
During the past decade Western nations have regarded Iran as an outstanding Third World success story -- a country that has consistently achieved economic growth annually exceeding ten per cent. But Western observers in Iran are now starting to think some of the success is partly responsible for the country's present turmoil.