Iranian New Wave (1960s-1970s)

Like all major movements, Iran’s new wave originated locally as a response to the social, political, and cultural of the country. With the emphasis on realism, innovative storytelling, and the use of non-professional actors, Iranian filmmakers begin to focus on exploring the realities and complexities faced by the then-Iranian society. Filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami, and Mohsen Makhmalbaf brought new and fresh perspectives on Iranian society and culture. Their work continues to inspire filmmakers in Iran and across the world and it is because of that Iranian cinema today is highly regarded these days for its authentic and powerful portrayals and insightful stories.

Watch out for

“Close-Up” (1990) directed by Abbas Kiarostami

“The Cow” (1969) – Directed by Dariush Mehrju

These two movies will give you an insight into the movement that shaped the Iranian cinema we watch today.

Iran’s new wave has continued to maintain its presence in contemporary Iranian cinema with the likes of ‘A Separation’ and ‘A Hero’.

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