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Book Talk: Refocus: The Films of Rakhshan Banietemad

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


A book talk and conversation between Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (Lancaster University and the editor of the book) with Dr Sheida Dayani (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies)

Rakhshan Banietemad is one of the first female film directors in Iran. This book, the first English language study of her films and career, contains chapters by some of the most prominent scholars of Iranian cinema, as well as younger scholars with innovative readings of her films. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, the book devotes special attention to Banietemad's understudied documentaries and films, including Under the Skin of the City (2000) and Tales (2014), while offering new perspectives on well-known works such as The Blue Veil (1994) and The May Lady (1997). Focusing on questions of aesthetics and poetics, social realism, gender dynamics and the 'afterimages' and 'counter-memories' of revolution and war, the book also includes an in-depth interview with Banietemad herself.

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NamePrinceton University
CityPrinceton, NJ 08544
Country/TerritoryUnited States