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Salaam Cinema

Screening on Film
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
With Azadeh Zangeneh, Maryam Keyhan, Feyzolah Ghashgai.
Iran, 1995, 35mm, color, 75 min.
Farsi with English subtitles.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s compelling portrait of contemporary filmmaking, made on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the cinema, began with an advertisement he placed in a Tehran paper to audition one hundred actors and actresses for a new film. Five thousand hopefuls arrive as the film opens, however, and a riot ensues. Makhmalbaf nonetheless manages to conduct a series of auditions, in which the would-be Iranian actors—intellectuals, students, young boys, and even women—reflect on their lives and on the importance of cinema in the culture. Makhmalbaf himself emerges as the grand provocateur of this collective meditation on the power of cinematic images.

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  • A Selection of Images in Ghajar Dynasty (Gozideh Tasvir Dar Doran-e Ghajar)

    Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
    Iran, 1993, 35mm, color, 18 min.
    Farsi with English subtitles.

In this short documentary, Makhmalbaf examines the realm of the visual arts from the Ghajar Dynasty, including the first still photographs and earliest motion picture footage shot in Iran.

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