Shaherzad Ahmadi on Iranian Cinema

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Shaherzad Ahmadi is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Professor Ahmadi’s talk will offer a history of Iranian cinema, beginning with the first talkie, “The Lor Girl.” I will examine the themes that animated Iranian cinema in the Pahlavi period as well as the transformation of the medium in the post-revolutionary period. The lecture asks, “How did film express Iran’s national aspirations, gender roles, and class tensions?” “Why did film become such an important art form in the post-revolutionary period?” and “How did Iranians challenge Hollywood’s dominance in the industry?

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