Renowned Iranian Filmmaker, Rakhshan Bani- Etemad, To Be Honored in London

Filmmaker Rahkshan Bani-Etemad, Iran’s most recognizable and prolific female director, will be presented with an honorary diploma in London next week for her contribution to world cinema and her promotion of Iranian culture and society to the world.

Bani-Etemad will receive the diploma from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and will conduct a six-day master class on filmmaking for 12 aspiring directors.
Since 1986 Bani Etemad has directed 11 feature films, and is perhaps best known for her 2001 feature, “Zir-e poost-e shahr” (“Under the Skin of the City”). An official selection at a number of international film festivals, “Zir-e poost-e sahr” took home the Special Jury Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2001. Like many of her fiction films, “Zir-e poost-e sahr” looks at the daily economic, social, and political struggles that face the poor and underprivileged class in Iran.

Rahkshan Bani-Etemad’s work is also the focus of an upcoming BFI (British Film Institute) season, running from April 11th through April 30th, which will include all eleven of her films, as well as an interview will the filmmaker on April 14th.

For more information about the Rahkshan Bani-Etemad BFI season, visit


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