Directed by Ehsan Khoshbakt (Iran/UK, 2019, 84 min.). In Farsi with English subtitles.
A personal journey through the history of Iranian pre-revolutionary popular cinema banned after 1979, this documentary reveals a picture of Iran rarely seen or acknowledged. Director Ehsan Khoshbakt put nearly 100 films together—some sourced from the filmmaker’s own VHS tapes, many believed to have been lost or destroyed—revealing a society in rapid change. Filmfarsi uncovers a cinema of titillation, action, and big emotions, while also presenting a troubled mirror for the country, as Iran struggled to reconcile its religious traditions with the turbulence of modernity and the influences of the West. Filmfarsi is an eye-opening introduction to the world of Iranian musicals, gangster films, and more from of the most vibrant film industries of the Middle East.
With English subtitles