SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Iranian Cinema Uncensored: Contemporary Film-Makers Since the Islamic Revolution

Iranian Cinema Uncensored
Shiva Rahbaran

Date: 6 December 2016Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 6 December 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Lecture by Shiva Rahbaran on her book Iranian Cinema Uncensored: Contemporary Film-Makers Since the Islamic Revolution (I.B.Tauris, 2016). The New Iranian Cinema is considered by many to be the most fascinating cultural phenomenon produced within the Islamic Republic of Iran. Containing twelve first-hand interviews with the most renowned film-makers living and working in contemporary Iran, Rahbaran's book provides insights into film-making within a society often at odds with its rulers. Through these conversations Rahbaran reveals that the seeds of the New Iranian Cinema were sown long before the revolution, and that Iranian film-makers gave rise to a cinema which became a global phenomenon despite censorship, sanctions and political isolation.

Shiva Rahbaran was born in Tehran. Together with her family she left Iran for Germany in 1984, where she studied literature and political science at the Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf. She continued her studies at Oxford University, where she obtained her doctoral degree (DPhil) in English literature. Her latest project is a novel about the life of an Iranian family during the Islamic Revolution.

Chair: Roya Arab, musician, archaeologist and curator

Organiser: London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Iranian Studies

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