Film Archives and Online Videos

Blake Atwood

in Reform Cinema in Iran

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780231178174
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780231543149 | DOI:
Film Archives and Online Videos

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With the end of Khatami's eight-year presidency in mind, chapter 6 attends to the legacy of reform cinema by examining Massoud Bakhshi’s Tehran Has No More Pomegranates (2007), an experimental documentary, and the music video "Love of Speed" (2007), performed by the underground band Kiosk and released on YouTube. Bakhshi’s film and Kiosk’s video establish that reform cinema as an aesthetic movement functions outside of the temporal limits of its political antecedent. Although both works were released two years after Khatami’s presidency ended, and did not benefit directly from his cultural liberalism, they still participate in central reformist debates.

Keywords: Documentary; Massoud Bakhshi; Kiosk; YouTube; Music Video; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Chapter.  10871 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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