Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday Video: Culture, politics, and the Iranian Cinema

by Salman Hameed

Here is a fascinating look at the Iranian Cinema: Inside Iranian Cinema. I really like the shots of Tehran and some interesting insight into the relation between the clerics and the cinema in Iran. It is about 22 minutes long. Give it a viewing (if you have trouble viewing it here, you can watch it on the Vice website directly):

While we are at it, check out the this segment of the wonderful Iranian film called The Day I Became a Woman. See here part 1 and part 2 (both are about 15 minutes in length). These also include some wonderful folk astronomy too - though I should mention that at Iranian latitudes, the shadow of the stick never disappears at noon. Oh - but this is just a minor quibble in a wonderfully sweet story.


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