Kiarostami's social realism: how Iran's post-revolutionary phase shaped a viable outlet for criticism

Tewolde-Berhan, Awra (2015) Kiarostami's social realism: how Iran's post-revolutionary phase shaped a viable outlet for criticism. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the conflicting relationship between Kiarostami and the restrictive policies of the Islamic Republic during its early post-revolutionary era of the 1980s. Beginning with the early warning signs of repressi1on in the 1970s, it analyses the state's censorship regulations and its impact on the social commentary of distinctive filmmakers. It then explores the minimalist techniques used in Kiarostami's Close-Up (1990) and Taste of Cherry (1997) and the various political discourses that emerge as a result of external forces. Examining the trajectory of Kiarostami's cinematic style, this paper concludes that social realism through the screen can facilitate wider national discussions during the hardships of a Revolution. This paper finds that film offers choices of how Iran's political behaviour should remain. The global popularity of Iranian cinema acts as an incentive to pressure both filmmaker and the state i1n order to comply with normatives or to alter rigid ideals. This discussion outlines that a negotiation from Kiarostami and the State is a survival mechanism for both entities, paramount in the midst of the bare images of Social Realism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 10:32
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 10:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22728

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