Iranian cinema before 1979 (ie before Ayatollah Khomeini appeared) may have been dodgy, but it sure was a lot of fun. Patriarchal? Of course. Clunky? Naturally. Derivative? What else. This documentary gives us a sense of the thrills of being able to watch such (now forbidden) films from a safe distance of decades, with the added benefit of a wide selection of clips (rather than the whole film). The point of this excellent documentary is to show how important these films were to a society going through a crash course in modernisation, where centuries of repression were upturned, only for the repression to come crashing back in.
We’re delighted to welcome director Ehsan Khoshbakht and editor Abolfazl Talooni for Q&As following the film