When was the first cinema in Iran?
Persian national cinema rapidly began to expand after 1925. Since then, cinema has served as an ambassador for Iran (Persia), the heart and soul of a country filled with years of hard work. However, cinema has an ancient history in Iran. There is evidence that ancient Persians made the first animations in the world. An animated piece on an earthen goblet made 5000 years ago was found in Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchistan province, southeastern Iran several years ago. The artist has portrayed a goat that jumps toward a tree and eats its leaves.
The first animation is Persian
The unique cinema of Iran and women
The growth of female participation in Persian cinema is measured both in terms of the number of women behind and in front of the camera, in terms of the diversity of characters that populate the narrative, and also in terms of success of selling tickets. Women in Persian cinema are educated and follow Persian-Zoroastrian and Islamic rules and traditions. Therefore it is a cinema based on social and cultural values and norms not the typical Western cinema. It is a cultural movement based on history, art, values and the needs of the society for entertainment. The photos below show some top Persian actresses in Iran`s cinema.
Shilla Khodad and her children
Mahtab Keramati and Nicole Kidman
International awards and prizes
A range of international film festivals have honored Persian cinema in the last twenty years. A number of movie critics from all over the world have cherished Persian cinema as one of the world’s most important artistic cinemas. It is a cinema that reflects Persian art, history, civilization, music and presents the needs and problems of Iran. Therefore, it is not a simple imitation of the Western cinema.
In the photo below, actress Taraneh Alidoosti attends “The Salesman (Forushande)” Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.
Iranian actress Sahar Dolatshahi poses on May 18, 2016 during a photocall for the film “Inversion” (Varoonegi) at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
Sahar Dolatshahi, the first lady on the right
Iranian actress Behnoush Tabatabaei attends a photocall for the film Takhti at the 37th Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Women in Persian cinema have been portrayed in many different ways. The feminist perspective has received the most attention from audiences, owing to its appeal and the realistic contributions it can provide in the Persian context. The soul of feminism is strong in such a cinema and is mixed with fashion, art and beauty.