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Writing the History of Iranian Cinema

Hamid Naficy; book-signing to follow.

Iranian cinema has been intensely local and global from the start, for a royal cameraman of the Qajar court filmed the first documentary footage in Europe in 1900, an Iranian expat poet produced the first sound movies in India in the 1930s, and Iranians in the diaspora created over one thousand films (documentaries, features, shorts, and animated) since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Many of the early and later filmmakers inside Iran belonged to internal ethnoreligious minorities—Christians, Jews, and Bahai’s—and some of them were émigrés from neighboring countries. This talk concentrates on the nearly four-decade long efforts of the author to write a historiography of this dynamic and complex film industry and its role in modernizing the society, expressing its wishes and fears, and representing it to the world.

Event begins at 4:00PM

Presented by: Freer and Sackler Galleries - Smithsonian Institution

Event Venue

Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art

Independence Ave and 12th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
  • Sunday, March 10, 2013
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