An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami
Visual Culture

An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami

Yesterday, Abbas Kiarostami passed away at the age of 76. The filmmaker, best known for the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) – which won the Palme d’Or – was interviewed by Shiva Rahbaran for her book, Iranian Cinema Uncensored: Contemporary Film-Makers Since the Islamic Revolution (2015). Here is an extract of that interview… Continue reading

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Feminist Cinema’s Brave New Worlds
Authors / Sophie Mayer / Visual Culture

Feminist Cinema’s Brave New Worlds

Outside the narrow mainstream, a vibrant contemporary feminist cinema is thriving – and being celebrated – around the world. So why are we not paying enough attention? The headlines didn’t say ‘Iranian Women Conquer America’, but the Sundance success of Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s documentary Sonita certainly makes the case. Ghaem Maghami took the Grand Jury … Continue reading