Film screening and talk by Hamid Naficy: Iranian Pre-revolution Cinema - Cinema as an Agent of Modernity

19 August, 2013
6.00pm - 8.00pm

Please arrive early to secure a seat.

The Power Institute is proud to co-present an evening film screening of the film "Impressions of a City - Tehran Today" (1977, Dir. Khosrow Sinai), followed by a talk by Professor Hamid Naficy titled Iranian Prerevolution Cinema – Cinema as an Agent of Modernity. To be screened for the first time in Australia, Sinai’s documentary film was made before the 1979 Islamic revolution, and shows the old Tehran with areas that attracted the youth of the time.

Professor Naficy’s talk will offer a theory linking Iranian modernity and national identity with the emergence of an artisanal cinema and a disempowered cinematic subjectivity. Artisanal filmmakers were often either multicultural or ethnic, or of a religious minority. Together they sourced and screened films, and produced original productions. By the mid 20th century, film screening and production became more modernised. Chain movie houses and national distributors emerged. As did a studio system capable of producing scores of films annually to suit different demographics and interests. At this time, three parallel cinemas emerged. These consisted of a documentary film sector, a commercial (fiction) film industry for popular tastes and a smaller strand of dissident art house cinema – which in many uncanny ways foretold the oncoming revolution. This talk will explore the above areas of Iranian cinema, and will be accompanied by visuals and rare film clips to further illustrate the presentation.

Hamid Naficy is the Al-Thani Professor of Communication (Radio-TV-Film) at Northwestern University, Illinois. He is a leading authority on cinema and television in the Middle East. Naficy has published extensively about theories of exile and displacement, exilic and diaspora cinema and media, as well as Iranian and Third World cinemas. Most recently, he has published A Social History of Cinema, in four volumes available from Duke University Press.



For further information about the event, please contact Dr Omid Tofighian:

Co-presented by the Power Institute with the Department of Government and International Relations; the Religious, State and Society Network, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney; and the School of Letters and Media, The University of Sydney.



Location: Footbridge Theatre, Pedestrian Overbridge, Parramatta Road, The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus, NSW

Language and Culture magazine

Click here for the latest issue of the School's online magazine Language and Culture.