Women in The Iranian cinema: The i-D selection

KHOONBAZI, RAKSHAN BANI-ETEMAD

We’re happy to share the i-D magazine selection of 6 inspiring Director Iranian women. All of them are absolutely gifted and tell us their story of a complex Iranian society. As surprising as it could be for an Eastern eye, women are extremely powerful and influential in the Iranian cinema’s history. Sometimes, even more than men in this industry.

First, the Persian poet,  Forough Farrokhzad, and her unique movie “The house is black” that impressed in 1962 and was known as one of the first movie, “credited with kick starting the Iranian New Wave”. Of course, the one and only Rakshan Bani-Etemad famous for being ” The First Lady of Iranian Cinema” is on the top of the i-D list. Her work is known for documentaries and fiction, questioning social, family and political subjects. Also Tahmineh Milani, an international feminist filmmaker is featured.

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Women without men, Shirin Neshat

You’ll find  Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of the very talented Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who, at 17 only, was competing at Cannes Film Festival in 1998 for her movie The Apple (Sib). If you’re making a list of Iranian inspiring women, could anyone talk about art, film and Iran without mentioning Shirin Neshat? No. Of course. The inescapable artist from Contemporary Iran in exile in New York is one of the very first to introduce the notion of Islamic-feminist in the Easter world. And finally, Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis in which dark humour and Persian spirit rule is also an icon for that post-Revolution Iranian directors in exile.

 

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