Persian with English Subtitles.
Revealed here, Filmfarsi stands for a whole genre of Iranian cinema, low budget thrillers and melodramas, totally eradicated following the 1979 Islamic revolution.
From scratchy VHS copies and from memory Khoshbakht pieces together a body of films from the 1960s and ’70s that were hugely popular and reflect a society emerging from centuries of repression, struggling to reconcile its religious traditions with modernity and new influences from the West. Mainly cheap, sleazy and derivative (there’s even a Persian Vertigo), full of male and female stereotypes, these films are nevertheless fascinating for what they reveal about the Iranian psyche. Presaging the revolution, Filmfarsi shockingly became one of its first victims.
Director Eshan Koshbakht will be present to introduce the film with a Q&A to follow.