Hamid Naficy
January 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Rice Cinema Film Auditorium, Rice Media Center 

Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Professor in Communication; Core Faculty, Middle East and North African Studies Program; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Art History, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Theater and Drama
Department of Radio-TV-Film
Northwestern University

“Iranian Post-Revolution Cinema: From Iconoclastic Destruction to Emergence of a Global Cinema”

Identified toward the end of the Shah’s rule as potent agents of moral corruption of society, movies and movie houses became targets of a rising oppositional movement, resulting in the destruction of a third of the movie houses nationwide. This talk focuses on such revolutionary destruction and the subsequent rebuilding and evolution of the film industry, which put the Iranian cinema on the map of the dynamic and artistic world cinemas.  Foremost among these post-revolutionary developments was the emergence of a new art house cinema and of a women’s cinema, both of which defied, subverted, or assimilated in different measures the dominant social values and cinematic practices.  


The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series is generously supported by the Jerome Segal Endowment in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts as well as the Dean of the School of Humanities. 

The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts supports the Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series that brings national and international artists and scholars to give talks on their work and research.  The lectures are during the academic year, usually once in the fall and once in the spring.