Iranian Cinema and Globalization (Book)

National, Transnational, and Islamic Dimensions

Despite critical acclaim and a recent surge of popularity with Western audiences, Iranian cinema has been the subject of lamentably few academic studies – and those have by and large been limited to the films and filmmakers most visible on the international film circuit. Iranian Cinema and Globalization seeks to broaden readers' exposure to other dimensions of Iranian cinema, including the works of the many prolific filmmakers whose films have received little outside attention despite being widely popular within Iran. Combining theories of globalization and national cinema with in-depth, interdisciplinary analyses of individual films, this volume expands the current literature on Iranian cinema with insights into the social and religious political contexts involved.


Shahab Esfandiary holds a PhD in critical theory and film studies from the University of Nottingham, where he is currently a lecturer. He is also a freelance documentary maker currently at work on a series titled Transnational Muslims.

Part I: Theoretical Framework 
Chapter 1: Making Sense of Globalization 
Chapter 2: The Concept of National Cinema: Theorization and Critique 
Part II: Iranian Cinema and Globalization
Chapter 3: Iranian Cinema in the World Cinema Circuit: Politics, Economics and Aesthetics 
Chapter 4: Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s ‘Transnational’ Cinema and Globalization 
Chapter 5: Daryush Mehrjui’s ‘National’ Cinema and Globalization 
Chapter 6: Ebrahim Hatami-kia’s ‘Sacred Defense’ Cinema and Globalization 

'Manages to show that cinema allows the global to appear even in the most rarefied local filmmaking practices' 

Film Criticism Sara Saljoughi
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