Shahrzad, a historical series directed by Hassan Fathi, reveals how the 1953 Coup is still the site of competing historiographical narratives.
Turkey’s Game of Thrones mania is due to one college student. He goes by the Twitter handle of @esekherif_.
A review of Ajam Media Collective and Cine-Eye’s curated film series, “Rethinking Iranian Cinema: Aesthetics and Counternarratives.”
In another installment of the Emerging Scholarship series, Narges Bajoghli talks about Paramilitary Media during and after the Iran-Iraq War. Bajoghli explains the rise of war veteran filmmakers who have produced alternative narratives about the eight-year conflict in order to better communicate the “truth of war” to a younger generation of Iranians.
“We create our own prisons.” Prashanth Kamalakanthan describes the works of Nuri Bilge Ceylan using his words, his images, and his work’s inspirations.
The post-Soviet art of Central Asia and the Caucasus comes out of a Soviet-era conversation of artistic styles that looks not just to Moscow but also to Mecca. An understanding of the high and low registers of this Soviet cultural heritage allows the humor and self-confidence of the work to be appreciated — aesthetically as well as financially — by audiences.