Chapter 1: The Resurgence of Nonfiction Cinema:
Postrevolutionary Documentaries and Fiction War Films
1 The founding members of the isdF were the veteran documentary filmmakers
Mohammad Tahaminejad, Ebrahim Mokhtari, and Pirooz Kalantari. The soci-
ety’s website is (last accessed 28 December 2011).
2 For the Week of Iranian Documentary Cinema in 2004, the society published a
sixty- four- page illustrated booklet, From Cinématographe to Digital Cinema, chart-
ing the history of documentary cinema in Iran from the beginning. Through-
out the years the isdF also published other booklets about Western documenta-
ries and newsreels in the Iranian archives (Tahaminejad 2004a, 2004b). Among
the international film festivals with which it placed Iranian documentaries is
the prestigious Cinéma du Réel Festival devoted to ethnographic and sociologic
films, held at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in March 2003.
3 This is taken from the AidFp’s mission statement on its website at http://www, which is no longer in operation.
4 Taken from the new AidFp site: (last accessed
28 December 2011).
5 The pamphlet is called Regulations and Procedures Governing Sponsoring the Pro-
duction and Exhibition of Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films (Zavabet
va Raveshha- ye Ejrai dar Barnamehha- ye Hemayati Marbut beh Towlid va Arzeh- ye
Filmha- ye Mostanad, Tajrebi, and Animaishen).
6 Of significance is the Sixth Biennial Conference of Iranian Studies, held in Au-
gust 2006 at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, which
included the screening of an impressive thirty- three old and new documentaries
by Iranians and others about Iran, under the rubric “Documenting Iran.” For the
list of the films (most of which are discussed in these volumes), see http://www (last accessed 28  Decem-
ber 2011).
7 For the latest perspectives and publications about documentary films, see Peyk-e
Mostanad,; Film- e Kutah, http://fa.shortfilm; and Vamostanad, (all sites last accessed 28 De-
cember 2011).
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