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DIRECTOR: Ehsan Khoshbakht

WITH: Pouri Baneai, Reza Beyk Imanverdi, Mohamad Ali Fardin

We are delighted to welcome Director Ehsan Khoshbakht for a Q&A following the film.

Many cinema-goers will have seen Iranian films made since the 1979 revolution, but this essay-film about Iranian pre-revolutionary popular cinema (known as "filmfarsi") offers a rare glimpse into popular Iranian cinema and society under the Shah's regime. “Filmfarsi was the cinema of a nation with a split personality”, says filmmaker Ehsan Khoshbakht. Over many years he has meticulously assembled a treasure trove of Iranian popular films, one of the richest cinemas, a cinema full of passion, low-budget thrillers, macho films and melodramas.

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge, the Eastern region and throughout the UK.