acknowledgments
Dcrued
uring the three decades spent researching and writing this book, I ac-
debts to many people who helped me in various ways big and small,
which are briefly acknowledged here. First of all I thank all the film directors,
producers, camerapersons, actors, critics, and television producers who sup-
plied me with copies of their films, videos, and biographies, and sometimes
with stills of their films. Many of them also granted me interviews, in person
or by telephone, mail, e-mail, and even tape recording. Underscoring the glo-
balization and diasporization of Iranians—including mediamakers—these
interviews spanned the globe, from Iran to various European countries, and
from New Zealand to the United States. And underscoring the duration of
the project, they extended in time from the mid-1970s to the late 2000s. The
interviewees and filmmakers were Abbas (Abbas Attar), Nader Afshar Na-
deri, Jamsheed Akrami, Mohammad Reza Allamehzadeh, Farshad Aminian,
Amir Amirani, Taghi Amirani, Jahanshah Ardalan, Shoja Azari, Fuad Badie,
Ramin Bahrani, Bahram Baizai, Rakhshan Banietemad, Manuchehr Bibian,
Arlene Dallalfar, Mahmud Dorudian, Ghasem Ebrahimian, Esmail Emami,
Tanaz Eshaghian, Shirin Etessam, Anna Fahr, Golshifteh Farahani, Shahriar
Farah vashi, Simin Farkhondeh, Bahman Farmanara, Aryana Farshad, Jalal
Fatemi, Tina Gharavi, Ali Ghelichi, Ebrahim Golestan, Shahla Haeri, Mo-
hammad Reza Haeri, Khosrow Haritash, Melissa Hibbard, Mohammad Ali
Issari, Erica Jordan, Pirooz Kalantari, Shahram Karimi, Maryam Kashani,
Mehrdad Kashani, Maryam Keshavarz, Laleh Khadivi, Hossein Khandan,
Fakhri Khorvash, Abbas Kiarostami, Bahman Kiarostami, Masud Kimiai,
Parviz Kimiavi, Kim Longinotto, Bahman Maghsoudlou, Moslem Mansouri,
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