AcKnowledgmentS
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uring the three decades spent researching and writing this book, I accrued
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, produc-
ers, camerapersons, actors, critics, and television producers who supplied 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 globalization and di-
asporization 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 filmmak-
ers were Abbas (Abbas Attar), Nader Afshar Naderi, Jamsheed Akrami, Mo-
hammad Reza Allamehzadeh, Farshad Aminian, Amir Amirani, Taghi Ami-
rani, 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 Etes-
sam, Anna Fahr, Golshifteh Farahani, Shahriar Farahvashi, Simin Farkhondeh,
Bahman Farmanara, Aryana Farshad, Jalal Fatemi, Tina Gharavi, Ali Ghelichi,
Ebrahim Golestan, Shahla Haeri, Mohammad Reza Haeri, Khosrow Haritash,
Melissa Hibbard, Mohammad Ali Issari, Erica Jordan, Pirooz Kalantari, Shah-
ram Karimi, Maryam Kashani, Mehrdad Kashani, Maryam Keshavarz, Laleh
Khadivi, Hossein Khandan, Fakhri Khorvash, Abbas Kiarostami, Bahman Kiar-
ostami, Masud Kimiai, Parviz Kimiavi, Kim Longinotto, Bahman Maghsoud-
lou, Moslem Mansouri, Dariush Mehrjui, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mojtaba Mirtah-
masb, Behnaz A. Mirzai, Bahman Mofid, Ebrahim Mokhtari, Ali Mortazavi,
Manuchehr Moshiri, Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Granaz Moussavi, Marva Nabili,
Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Asadollah Niknejad, Sara Nodjumi, Annette Mari
Olsen, Mehrdad Oskouei, Soudabeh Oskui-Babcock, Faramarz Otan, Katia For-
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