Dr Nacim Pak Shiraz: The Development of Iranian cinema
April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz is the Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Senior Lecturer in Film and Persian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely on Iranian visual culture, particularly on Iranian cinema. These include her monograph, Shi‘i Islam in Iranian Cinema: Religion and Spirituality in Film (2011), and Visualizing Iran: From Antiquity to Present (2017), a special issue edition of the Iranian Studies journal. Dr Pak-Shiraz is also active on the cultural scene and engages with international film festivals both within and outside the UK.
From its early days, cinema was a potent medium in constructing images of nations, religions and people. Though a western medium, it was soon adopted by other nations who did not simply imitate western films but created a language of their own, which in turn was influenced by their histories, arts and cultures. This talk will examine these developments in Iranian Cinema.