Born around 1985 in no-man's land between Afghanistan and Iran. Lives and works in Aarhus, Denmark
© Kaywan Mohsen
Kaywan Mohsen, “Made in Denmark,” (video still), 2002. © Kaywan Mohsen
The son of an Afghan father and an Iranian mother, Kaywan Mohsen and his family arrived in the Frydenlund neighborhood in Aarhus, in 1986 when Kaywan was approximately one year old – fleeing Ayatollah Khomeini's rule in Iran. In addition to a very strict and violent upbringing by his father, Kaywan grew up in a neighborhood marked by violence and crime. Fights formed part of everyday life and attempting to “adjust” to his surroundings, Kaywan familiarized himself with thai- and kickboxing. At the age of 16, Kaywan was kicked out of his parent's home after a fight with his father. New Year's Eve 2000, he decided to realize his dream of making a film about his own life and the following morning he started writing. About a year after, Kaywan made his debut as a scriptwriter, producer, director, editor, actor, and musician in the film “Made in Denmark,” which premiered in 2002.
Contribution: Participates in Station 3: The Movie Theater East of Eden, Aarhus, with “Made in Denmark,” Denmark 2002. Video, 59 min. Courtesy of the artist. The film is screened on Wednesday, September 29, 2004, from 10 – 11 am; on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, from 10 am – 12 pm; on Wednesday, October 13, 2004, from 3:30 – 6 pm; and on Wednesday, October 20, 2004, from 10 – 11 am. On October 6 and October 13, the screenings are followed by a talk by Kaywan Mohsen. “Made in Denmark” is a very honest film which describes the personal story of Kaywan with great intensity. The viewer gains an insight into Kaywan's daily experiences of racism from the police and in the streets, making him violent and leading him to commit crimes.