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Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic

Blake Atwood


It’s nearly impossible to separate contemporary Iranian cinema from the Islamic revolution that transformed film production in the country in the late 1970s. As the aims of the revolution shifted and hardened once Khomeini took power and as an eight-year war with Iraq dragged on, Iranian filmmakers confronted new restrictions. In the 1990s, however, the Reformist Movement, led by Mohammad Khatami, and the film industry, developed an unlikely partnership that moved audiences away from revolutionary ideas and toward a discourse of reform. In Reform Cinema in Iran, Blake Atwood examines how new i ... More

Keywords: Film, Politics, film and politics, Iran, Islamic Revolution, Iranian cinema, political reform, Iranian film industry, revolution and cinema, technologies of representation, Mohammad Khatami

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231178174
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231178174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blake Atwood, author
University of Texas at Austin