It seems like Iran will always be a boogeyman in the American cultural imagination. Yet the country fosters one of the richest cinematic cultures in the world, past and present.

 

It seems like Iran will always be a boogeyman in the American cultural imagination. Yet the country fosters one of the richest cinematic cultures in the world, past and present. With this handpicked selection of Iranian movies at DAFilms, you’ll be able to delve into the unique history of the region. You will encounter works by notable Iranian filmmakers that reflect the shifting mores and complicated politics of the place. This is an opportunity to expose yourself to the singular, joyful pleasures of a foreign culture all but eclipsed by international politics.

In Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila director Farahnaz Sharifi tells the story through old photographs and archival footage of an unrequited love that leads her protagonist into the centre of the revolutionary events of the late 1970s in the country. In the end, his sacrifice personifies the thousands of young men who never returned home.

Present-day Iran along with its current events are recorded by an Iranian actress — this time in the format of a video diary addressed to her boyfriend living in exile. Director Ali Razi in Things We Do Not Say draws attention to the controversial presidential elections in 2009, which sparked massive protests and civil unrest.

Selected Films

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