One area where
While “Taste of Cherry” is deeply spiritual, many Iranian films brilliantly tackle war and its effects on common lives like Bahman Ghobadi’s “Turtles can fly” about a gang of orphan Kurds selling land mines as scrap metal in Iraq, Ghobadi’s “Marooned in Iraq” about an old musician looking for his estranged wife known to be ill from Saddam’s chemical weapons, and Bahram Beizai’s “Bashu” about relationship between a mother of two and an orphan traumatized by war.
Many films question society’s attitude to women as in Darius Mehrjui’s “Leila” about the life of a childless couple tormented by pressure from in-laws pushing for a second marriage and Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “
Several of Iranian movies deal with life of children as in Majid Majidi’s “Color of Paradise” on life of a blind kid unwanted by his father who is remarrying and Majidi’s “Children of Heaven” on the beautiful relationship between a brother and a sister in a poor family.
Some films go at the verge of daring like the poet Forough Farrokhzad’s “House of Black” about life in a leper colony and Samira Makhmalbaf’s “Blackboard” on the journey by a group of teachers traveling across
While Iranian directors, especially the Makhmalbafs, have been criticized for playing to a western audience, one theme runs though all Iranian movies: Humanism. And while some films had been censored, Kiarostami doesn’t think of it as a problem as rules are well defined and not dependant on whims of censor board. Also while some argue that the golden age of Iranian cinema is over, Bahman Ghobadi and Samira have injected a fresh dose of life. Iranian film institutes have also bred a new breed of Tajik and Afghan film makers (Siddiq Barmak of “Osama” fame). I first came across Iranian films in the Mumbai film festival and have had a chance to see many courtesy the amazing collection in