Signs, Symbols and Cinema: Iran after 1979

The 1979 Islamic Revolution brought with it significant changes for Iran. As the nation underwent a makeover, redefining itself on the global stage, its cinema too had to be re-examined. Under the laws of the Islamic Republic, the film industry was subject to strict censorship laws that controlled the country’s visual culture. In this session, we’ll be delving into the post-revolutionary cinematic history of Iran.

We’ll begin first by contextualising the state-sponsored censorship of Iranian cinema: what are its rules and regulations? What kinds of constraints do filmmakers face? From there, we discuss how filmmakers have turned to visuals, symbols, and signs to bring their message and stories to the screen.

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Zahra Khosroshahi
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Dr Zahra Khosroshahi (she/her) is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, UK in Film & Television studies. She is currently working on her forthcoming monograph on Iranian women filmmakers. Outside of academia, Zahra is the co-founder of Thousand & One: an enterprise that supports fellow women of colour in the workplace.
Twitter @zahrafkh Instagram @zahratheacademic

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