FLM 255 Iranian Cinema: Before and After the Revolution

In this course, students will focus on the history and cultural impact of Iranian film. The poetics of Iran’s cinematic tradition draws deeply from modernist traditions familiar to artists in the west, as well as Iran’s own cosmopolitan traditions—an intriguing double play that provides both counterdiscourse as well as a profound commonality for American audiences. Our focus in class will be on films from the post-revolutionary period, with particular focus on the late 1990s into the present. However, since Persian cinematic roots go back to the pre-imperial world, students will get a brief grounding in Persian imagery and early narrative traditions.