Iranian Intellectuals and Contact with the West: The Case of Iranian Cinema
This article focuses on the international prominence of Iranian cinema in relation to the politics of filmmaking and the discourses of identity in Iran. Beginning with the Iranian New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s, it analyses Iranian commentaries about the acclaim of the films at the time and shows their relevance to the intellectual discourse about Gharbzadegi or 'West-struckness'. It then explores various post-revolutionary discourses about the phenomenal success of the cinema since the late 1980s. Examining the trajectory of major Iranian filmmakers, the article concludes that the international acclaim has facilitated the cinema's engagement with issues of socio-political significance in the country.