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Reform Cinema in IranFilm and Political Change in the Islamic Republic$
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Blake Atwood

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178174

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178174.001.0001

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Iran’s Cinema Museum and Political Unrest

Iran’s Cinema Museum and Political Unrest

(p.197) Conclusion Iran’s Cinema Museum and Political Unrest
Reform Cinema in Iran

Blake Atwood

Columbia University Press

The book concludes by analyzing the experience of walking through the Cinema Museum in Tehran, the only such museum in Iran. Visitors to the museum are immediately welcomed by a placard that explicitly positions the museum as a reformist effort, and this framing demonstrates that the changes to cinema that we witness during the reformist period were not limited to aesthetics but also included new institutions to support the film industry. Meanwhile, towards the rear of the museum is a large room filled with Iranian film posters, and occupying a central place is Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film (2011). This provocative piece reacts to a twenty-year ban from filmmaking that Panahi received for his participation in the protests following the 2009 Iranian elections. This is Not a Film, which was filmed partially on an iPhone by his former cameraman Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, inverts many of the normative features of filmmaking, and it demonstrates how the cry for reform in the Islamic Republic has deeply impacted filmmaking and refashioned many of its conventions.

Keywords:   Jafar Panahi, Cinema Museum, Tehran, Green Movement

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