Iranian Accented Cinema of Displacement: Exilic, Diasporic, or Ethnic?
Dr. Hamid Naficy
January 30, 2009
Dr. Hamid Naficy is the John Evans Professor of Communication at Northwestern University. His research encompasses documentary and ethnographic films; cultural studies of diaspora, exile, and postcolonial cinemas and media; and Iranian and Middle Eastern cinemas.
His books include An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking; Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place; The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles; and Otherness and the Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged. His forthcoming book is Cinema, Modernity, and National Identity: A Social History of a Century of Iranian Cinema (Duke University Press).
Dr. Hamid Naficy’s presentation elaborated on the work of exilic filmmakers with a focus on Iranian film movement. Naficy highlighted that the second wave of Iranian immigrants were highly productive, and made 93 films during 1979-1986. "Accented" cinema is produced by filmmakers who have emigrated willingly or unwillingly and who work under new political and cinematic systems. He also discussed techniques used in individual films as well as those that identify a particular filmmaker such as Kaveh Zahedi. Naficy's comments on exilic, diasporic, immigrant and independent filmmakeres were intriguing. His presentation of the film world covered different viewpoints and stories from the Iranian artistic community.
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