The Cow (Gaav) by Dariush Mehrjui~1969


The Cow is considered to be a benchmark of the Iranian cinema since it was the first Iranian film that caught the interest of the West and made way for the Iranian New Wave. Based on Gholam-Hossein Saidi’s novel entitled “Bayal’s Mourners”, it depicts Iranian country life in an unfavorable way. The film was intensely censored by the Ministry of Culture and Arts, which ironically took over its production, and major changes were required before its distribution. Continue reading

The Frozen Rose


Yesterday I watched my first Iranian short film named “The Frozen Rose”. This mini story is an excerpt from the movie Khodahafez Rafik meaning Goodbye my Friend (2003) which includes three mini stories. This story is about a young girl named Rukkayah and her deep desire to see her father again who had already been martyred on the frontlines during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). Continue reading