Middle East Studies

Film Screening | The Cow (1969) | Iranian Cinema Series S24

Iranian Cinema: Dariush Mehrjui: A Retrospective

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell St.

Followed by a panel discussion with Mehrdad Babadi, Foad Torshizi, Joan Copjec, Michelle Quay, and Timothy Bewes

About the Series

The Center for Language Studies and Cogut Institute for the Humanities invite you to join us for a series of five film screenings through which we will explore the decades-long career of renowned Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. In the wake of Mehrjui’s tragic murder in Tehran in October 2023, we aim to pause and take stock of this remarkable filmmaker and his contributions to cinema, both domestic and global, and his command over wide range of modes, from comedy to family drama. In particular, please join us for a special event on Tuesday, February 13 hosted by the Cogut Institute’s Film-Thinking Series, which will feature a screening followed by a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

About the Film

Mash Hassan is a humble villager who loves nothing more than his precious cow. When the cow suddenly dies one day while Mash Hassan is away, the entire village steels itself for the impending disaster upon his return. The Cow is widely regarded as Mehrjui’s masterpiece and is credited with ushering in the era of Iranian New Wave Cinema. It was immediately banned by the Shah’s government upon its release in 1969, due to its harsh portrayal of impoverishment in rural Iran. Yet it was later embraced by Ayatollah Khomeini as evidence of the potentiality for film, and has been hailed as the savior of Iranian cinema post-Revolution. 104 min.

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