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


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1. I entered the cinema through the theatre. I was an actor in our local theatre called Kanibadam, named after Tuhfa Fozilova. After working for five years, I decided to do a theatre director course. I graduated with honors and became a director. We successfully staged performances at international festivals.


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