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One of those cases in which the celluloid art has flourished despite (or even as a partial consequence of) strict, censorious government control, Iran has been considered one of the world's great producers of award-winning cinema since the late-1980s when directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Majid Majidi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf first made their mark internationally (and, later, Makhmalbaf's filmmaking daughters Samira and Hana). Often austere, naturalistic and political (if you read between the lines), these art-house features are very different from the seldom-exported commercial movies that
most Iranian audiences prefer.

Genres / International / Middle Eastern / Iranian