Inside the Renaissance of Iranian Cinema

Iran had a rich tra­di­tion of film­mak­ing before the Rev­o­lu­tion of 1979, when the fun­da­men­tal­ists burned cin­e­mas and shut down pro­duc­tions. But, by the late 80s, the cler­ics warmed up to cin­e­ma again and a film­mak­ing renais­sance got under­way. Then, in 1997, the whole world took notice when Abbas Kiarosta­mi won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val for Taste of Cher­ry. Nowa­days, Iran­ian films show up reg­u­lar­ly at film fes­ti­vals world­wide.

Get­ting inside the vibrant Iran­ian film scene has­n’t been ter­ri­bly easy, espe­cial­ly for Amer­i­cans. Blame that on pol­i­tics. But last year, the folks behind the Vice Guide to Film trav­eled to Tehran and put togeth­er a reportage on Iran­ian cin­e­ma past and present. It runs 23 min­utes and over­turns a few stereo­types along the way. Def­i­nite­ly worth a watch.

Note: Accord­ing to our Twit­ter friends, the film should be view­able around the world. We only encoun­tered one excep­tion — Cana­da. So we offer our apolo­gies in advance to Cana­di­an view­ers. You can find us on Twit­ter here.

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  • Jon says:

    I love film and I love Mid­dle East his­to­ry and cur­rent pol­i­tics. It was a shame how­ev­er that he so super­fi­cial­ly glossed over the real­i­ty of Iran­ian his­to­ry in an attempt to con­vey the impor­tance of know­ing Iran­ian his­to­ry and its influ­ence on cur­rent film. This video says noth­ing hon­est about the bru­tal­i­ty of the Shah OR the real­i­ties of the rev­o­lu­tion, which was NOT an islam­ic rev­o­lu­tion. Because of out­side influ­ence and valid mis­trust of the west the mod­er­ate, left­ist, sec­u­lar, and islamist rev­o­lu­tion became nar­rowed down to just an islam­ic rev­o­lu­tion with every­one else left to suf­fer. The cur­rent state of Iran­ian is hor­ren­dous but we can­not con­tin­ue to gloss over his­to­ry for con­ve­nience sake.

  • Pedram Haghighy says:

    Iran has many many many tal­ents that are wast­ed and still going to be wast­ed, they need to be recov­ered.

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