Iranian Film Culture

Iranians have a longstanding passion for film.  Yesterday was the premier of the 30th Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF).

Over 4,400 Iranian and foreign films were submitted to the Film Festival said the secretary Hashem Mirzakhani.

Iran’s Head of Cinema Organisation, Hojatollah Ayoubi, renoun film Iranain filmmaker, Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour were among those who attened the opening night held in Tehran’s Mellat Pardis Cinema Complex.

The Iranian favourites include The City I Know by Ehsan Masoumi, Secret of a Stature by Farshad Ektesabi, Taftan by Houshang Mirzaei and Mangroves by Abdolaziz Qasemi.

Organised by the Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS), the Tehran International Short Film Festival is scheduled to run until the 20th of October, 2013.


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3 thoughts on “Iranian Film Culture

  1. It is so sad that we do not hear more about the culture from Middle Eastern countries such as Iran here in Australia. The headlines are never about the fact that they have a clearly thriving film industry (or passion for films) it is always sadly about the political unrest and civilians in danger. I love the idea of this blog which is to really ‘unveil’ the real Iran and I love reading about these sorts of facts which really reiterate the truth that Iranians are just like us. Overall I feel that this movement contributes to eroding the negative presuppositions that the Western world are largely guilty of attributing to these people.

    • So lovely of you to say so! Thats precisely what we’re trying to do over here at Unveiling Iran, reveal a true depiction of the lovely country and its beautiful people. Thank you for your kind words and lovely comment.

  2. Due to some technical difficulties the world was unable to see some lovely comments other bloggers have made. Here is one from the CloseClearout:

    “I did film studies last semester, and one of our topics was Iranian Film. We watched the beautiful ‘The Colour of Paradise’, which used children as an allegory for the Iranian people in relation to the ruling of Iran. From what I’ve learnt, there’s been a real resurgence in Iranian cinema in the alst decade or so, with censorship laws being cleverly subverted to create poignant, powerful films that are being recognised on the world stage, such as the highly buzzed ‘A Separation’ from a couple year back. Michelle Langford from UNSW Film Studies has dedicated a lot of research to the allegories in Iranian cinema. This is her UNSW research profile if you’re interested:

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