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November 7, 2021

Mohammad Rasoulof's The White Meadows

In 2009 director Mohammad Rasoulof was imprisoned for making The White Meadows. He was accused of  “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the regime” […]
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October 25, 2021

Social Psychology In Mehrjui’s Gaav (The Cow)

The first two-thirds of Dariush Mehrjui’s film Gaav (The Cow) feel’s like a biblical parable. It is not predictable, but it feels like it’s going to be. […]
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October 24, 2021

Kiarostami’s Where Is The Friend’s House?

​Jean-Luc Godard famously bragged “All I need to make a movie is a girl and a gun” but he was a pretentious asshole. All Abbas […]
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October 23, 2021

How Women’s Bodies Occupy Space In Women Without Men

I didn’t realize how much I adjust my expectations when I sit down to watch an Iranian film. I hear Farsi being spoken, I see […]
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October 17, 2021

Majid Majidi’s The Color of Paradise

The Color of Paradise was both written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi. It’s an intense and touching drama about a young blind boy and […]
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October 5, 2021

Samira Makhmalbaf’s The Two Legged Horse

At first, The Two Legged Horse feels like a set-up for a reasonably conventional film about two young boys coming of age in Afghanistan. It has the look […]
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October 2, 2021

Jafar Panahi’s Multi Layered Taxi Tehran

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi Tehran, also known as, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, is a masterpiece. Not only is it an amazing piece of filmmaking but it was filmed at […]
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