Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution
(98 minutes) Iran
Director/Producer: Nader Tamil Homayoun
Today Iranian cinema is one of the most highly regarded national cinemas in the world, regularly winning festival awards and critical acclaim for its films. Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution traces the development of this film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country’s tumultuous political history. The documentary chronicles how Iranian films reflected contemporaneous society and often presaged social change. It shows how mainstream commercial cinema served as a propaganda tool, recounts the sporadic efforts of some filmmakers to reveal grimmer social realties, and the struggles against censorship and traditional cinematic formulas by such pioneers as Bahram Beyzai, Sohrab Shahid Saless and Parviz Kimiavi and pre- and post-Islamic revolutionary ‘new wave’ filmmakers such as Amir Naderi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Dariush Mehrjui, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, Bahman Ghobadi and Abbas Kiarostami. The documentary recounts this history through archival footage, excerpts from representative and landmark Iranian films, and interviews with Iranian filmmakers, film critics, film historians, and government and film industry executives. In the process, Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution reveals the changing social functions of Iranian cinema and the artistic struggle of its filmmakers, showing how today its leading filmmakers have become Iran’s new ambassadors to the world.
Nader Takmil Homayoun was born in Paris and studied filmmaking in France at l’École Nationale Supéneure des Metiers de l’Image et du son (FEMIS). He has directed several short films including Cache-cache, Autour de Mortin, Les Fleurs de l’Algérien andC’est pour bientôt. Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution is his first feature-length documentary.
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