World Cinema: Iran
Fig. 1. Directory of World Cinema: Iran. Courtesy of Intellect, 2011.

Intellect published a book titled "Directory of World Cinema: Iran" edited by Parviz Jahed.

Publication Data

Jahed, Parviz. Directory of World Cinema: Iran. Intellect, 2011. ISBN: 9781841503998.


Iranian cinema has an extraordinary history that has been marked by religion and ever-shifting political, economic, and social environments. This addition to Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema series turns the spotlight on the award-winning cinema of Iran, with particular attention to the major genres and movements, historical turning points, and prominent figures that have helped shape it. A wide range of genres are presented, including Film Farsi, New Wave, War film, art house film and women’s cinema. For the film studies scholar, students working on alternative or national cinema or for all those who love Iranian cinema and wish to learn more, Directory of World Cinema: Iran will be an essential companion to this prolific and prominent film industry. It offers an extraordinary range of outlooks towards the expansive world of Iranian cinema and is intended to fill the huge gap in literature about a national cinema where there is not enough material in English for researchers and scholars.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Parviz Jahed
Introduction by the Editor Parviz Jahed
Film of the Year: About Elly Parviz Jahed
Cinema and the Modern Idea: Interview with Jafar Panah Parviz Jahed
Renowned Directors
The emergence of cinema in Iran Behrouz Turani
Film Farsi the mainstream cinema Parviz Jahed
The Forerunners of the New Wave Cinema in Iran Parviz Jahed
The New Wave Movement Saeed Aghighi
Post-revolutionary Melodrama Taraneh Dadar
The New Art Films Adam Bingham
The Cinema of War Hamid Reza Sadr
The Image of Children Fereshteh Shakib
Identity and Cultural differences Michelle Langford
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Parviz Jahed is a freelance film critic, journalist, film-maker and lecturer in film studies, scriptwriting and film directing. He is the author of a number of books and essays on Iranian cinema and his critical works on Iranian and world cinema published in various publications and journals in Iran, the UK, and USA.

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