Project Consultant


Even those who are not much into seeing films or going to the movies must surely have seen “Nargess”, “The Blue Veiled”, or “Under the Skin of the City”. Even if they haven’t seen these, they couldn’t have missed “Gilaneh”. This is the bitter story of a mother in a roadside rural house who is taking care of her veteran son. The creator of these influential and memorable films is no one but Rakhshan Banietemad, a filmmaker who goes to the middle- and inner layers of society and tells their tales in her films. Banietemad is a graduate in film directing from the Dramatic Arts University in 1980 and was introduced to Iranian cinema through her film “Off the Limits”. This was a black comedy depicting those living in the margins of Tehran. Making of the film “Nargess” in 1991 with its bold subject matter registered Banietemad’s name more than before as a filmmaker with social concerns in Iranian cinema, and which not only won her the Award for Best Director from Fajr Film Festival, but it was also the beginning of her subsequent films. But these are not all the films in Banietemad’s filmmaking resume. She has also noteworthy documentary films such as “To Whom Do You Show These Films?”, “Kahrizak, 4 View”, “Angels of the House of Sun”, “We are Half of Iran’s Population”, “Our Times”, … as director as well as producer.