Mohsen Makhmalbaf: an Iranian Icon on the Run, Weaver of Velvet………

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of Iran’s most high-profile film directors, has been on the move for six and a half years. He left Iran in 2005 to avoid restrictions on his film-making and has since moved to Afghanistan, Tajikstan, India, Paris and finally London. Makhmalbaf’s films include the 2001 film “Kandahar,” which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 best movies ever. He has won more than a dozen international awards for his films…….”I moved from Iran about six and a half years ago to make more films because at that time the Iranian government doesn’t let me make more films in Iran”……… Leaving his country, Makhmalbaf said, was the price for continuing to make films, but it was a decision he did not take lightly. He said: “When we are out of our country somehow we become a little depressed, we lose our root in our culture but we will find something more. We could see our nation from outside from different angles.”Being out of Iran, out of the Middle East, is not easy for me really because I belong to that part of the earth…………..

His last name in Persian means “velvet weaver” or “weaver of velvet”, as his films are……


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