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- DescriptionBorn in Tehran in 1957, film-maker Mohsen Ostad Ali Makhmalbaf grew up in the religiously and politically charged atmosphere of the 1960s, and the June 1963 uprising of Ayatollah Khomeini constitutes one of his earliest memories. In 1972 Makhmalbaf formed his own urban guerrilla group and two years later attacked a police officer, for which he was arrested and jailed. He remained incarcerated until 1978, when the revolutionary wave led by Ayatollah Khomeini freed him and launched his career as a writer and self-taught film maker. Since then, Makhmalbaf has gone on to make such highly admired films as Gabbeh and The Silence . The three lengthy conversations collected here, between Makhmalbaf and leading Iranian film critic and scholar Hamid Dabashi, traverse the film-maker's experiences as a young radical, his critical stance regarding the current Islamic regime, and his fascination with films - both as product and as process. In this in-depth view of one of the most significant Middle Eastern film-makers of our time, Makhmalbaf reflects on the relationship between cinema and violence, tolerance, and social change, as well as the political and artistic importance of the automy of the film-maker.
- Author BiographyHamid Dabashi is professor at Columbia University and the author of many books and essays on cinema, including Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present and Future; Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema; and Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker.
- Author(s)Hamid Dabashi
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication01/01/2010
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleConversations
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Weight366 g
- Width148 mm
- Height206 mm
- Spine20 mm
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