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Kiarostami’s coded messages from Iran

By Hans Kundnani  

Since the early 1990s, Iran has produced a new school of filmmakers whose fusion of formal innovation and rough realism picks up where the French New Wave left off. And, much as movies like Godard’s Masculin, Feminin (1966) anticipated the evenements of May 1968, the films of directors like Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf have prefigured the demands for a more liberal Iran now being made on the streets. With television pictures from Iran in short supply as the regime…

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