Political Impact of Two Presidential Terms (2000-2013) on Iranian Film in New Book

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Iranian National Cinema: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding and Reception
Iranian National Cinema: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding and Reception


Released early this year, Dr Anne Demy-Geroe’s book, Iranian National Cinema: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding and Reception, examines transformations in the production and domestic and international reception of Iranian cinema between 2000 and 2013 through the intersection of the political markers – the presidential terms of Reformist president Mohammad Khatami and his successor, the conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – and filmic markers, particularly Jafar Panahi’s The Circle(2000) and Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009).

Through extensive research, the book considers the interaction of government policy, Iranian national cinema genres, intended audience, funding source, and domestic and international reception, to demonstrate the interplay between filmmakers and the government over these two successive presidencies. While the impact of politics on Iranian filmmaking has been widely examined, this book argues for a more nuanced understanding of politics in and of the Iranian cinema than has generally been previously acknowledged. 

Drawing on both personal experience as a juror at the Fajr International Film festival and interviews with significant filmmakers, producers, actors and other industry insiders, including senior bureaucrats and politicians, the volume is a key resource for anyone interested in politics and Iranian cinema.

Dr Anne Demy-Geroe with Asghar Farhadi
Dr Anne Demy-Geroe with Asghar Farhadi


Anne Démy-Geroe was the inaugural Artistic Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival for 18 years and for seven years a co-Director at the Iranian Film Festival Australia. A Vice President of NETPAC, inaugural member of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations Council, and a director of the Asia Pacific Screenlab, she was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry in 2003. She now lectures on Asia Pacific Cinema at Griffith Film School, Griffith University, Australia.

Available now with discount at Routledge.com (https://www.routledge.com/search?kw=Anne+Demy+Geroe)

Published January 29, 2020 by Routledge | 210 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations

International Women's Day

We are pleased to bring to you, for the second year, our International Women’s Day screening!

Free online screening | 8th March

IWD theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge - Ubolsyn herself completely embraces the theme!

This year we invite you to a special free online screening of ULBOLSYN from director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Our sincere thanks to the producers, Guillaume de Seille and Olga Khlasheva, for their generosity and their efforts in facilitating the screening.

Ulbolsyn Source Poffdotee

The film tells the story of a girl named Ulbolsyn (Kazakh for ‘let there be a son’) whose little sister Azhar is kidnapped by the regional mayor’s brother Urgen for marital purposes and taken away to his village. Ulbolsyn wants her sister to be free and to enter her into a foreign university so that she can pursue a future career. As soon as she learns about the incident, Ulbolsyn decides to fight for her sister and face down the patriarchal world of the people living in the Karatas village.

The film is the recipient of the NETPAC Award in Tallinn Black Nights and TRT award in CineLink Sarajevo WIP 2020

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