Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Written by Serena Berger
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Mohsen Makhmalbaf is one of Iran's most important film directors. He has received prestigious awards all around the world for his unflinching films. His is also the founder and instructor at the Makhmalbaf Film House, which teaches various aspects of the cinema to a small number of hand-picked pupils.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf formed an Islamic militia group when he was 15, which resulted in his arrest at 17 for attempting to disarm a policeman. During his incarceration, he studied intently, and decided to distance himself from politics, instead seeking an Iranian renaissance through the arts, particularly film. He was released from prison unexpectedly after the revolution in 1979, and went on to become a great director and writer.

The Movies of Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's movies include Two Blind Eyes, Fleeing from Evil to God, The Peddler, Marriage of the Blessed, and Time of Love. Toben Nasuh is a film about a man who is mistaken for dead by his family and almost buried. When he regains consciousness, his relationships with his family never fully recover from this event which he cannot help be experience as a betrayal.

Fleeing from Evil to God is an allegorical film in which Evil is personified and chases five men on an island. Ultimately four of the men destroy themselves or one of the others, but the fifth escapes, symbolizing redemption. If you are interested in finding out more about the films of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, you can view clips or purchase them on the Internet today.


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