Day School: Exploring Iranian Cinema

IT’S WINTER, (aka ZEMESTAN aka ZEMASTAN), Mitra Hajjar, 2006.©Artificial Eye


Mechanics Institute Library – Bradford

Saturday 14 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford


Iran is a large country of strategic importance in Western Asia with a population of over 80 million. Cinema did not develop rapidly in what was then Persia until the 1950s. Production was considerably restricted after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and during the Iran-Iraq War. Since then Iranian cinema has split between a local commercial popular cinema mostly unseen in the West and a more art-orientated or ‘social’ cinema which has had considerable success internationally. The work of four filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf (and family members Samara, Hana and Marziyeh), Jafar Panahi and Asghar Farhadi has been prominent in overseas distribution, even when it has been banned at home.


Our event will try to look at examples of work by the four celebrated filmmakers, but also extend to include a wider range of directors and types of film. This exploration will provide useful background for our screening of a new Iranian film, Permission at Kala Sangam on September 24th.


Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Tickets are £18 and £12 concessions.


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