Filmfarsi

Filmfarsi

A film by Ehsan Khoshbakht | 2020 | 83 minutes

AVAILABLE TO STREAM FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 2, 2021.

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll — Iranian style! A personal journey through the history of Iranian popular cinema before the revolution and the world of “filmfarsi”, a term referring to the rowdy and melodramatic genre films made from the early 1950s to 1979. Filmfarsi provides a fascinating archaeology of “the biggest secret in cinema history” (The Guardian) — a compelling window into a lost past. This documentary uncovers a cinema of titillation, action and big emotions, which presented a troubling mirror for the country, as Iran struggled to reconcile its religious traditions with the turbulence of modernity, and the influences of the West. Four years in the making, Filmfarsi features clips from more than 100 films, almost all banned in their country of production.


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“Reminiscent of archival artist Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time, a doc constructed from damaged reels of early North American silent films, Filmfarsi projects the fragility of cinema’s format, and the ideas it carries, against volatile conditions. In the former, it’s a combustible silver nitrate base, in the latter, a combustible political climate.” – Hyperallergic

“For the past four years, filmmaker Ehsan Khoshbakht has been unearthing a long lost cinematic history of film stars from the Middle East…. and unlocked one of the richest film genres recorded on celluloid. Filmfarsi uncovers the cinematic and social history of Iran under the Shah, suppressed since the 1979 revolution.” – Sight & Sound


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ASK THE FILMMAKER: Ehsan Khoshbakht

Beginning Wednesday, February 17, filmmaker Ehsan Khoshbakht will be here to answer your questions about his wonderful feature documentary, Filmfarsi. Q&A ends March 2, 2021.