Kutschera, Chris
November 2003
Middle East;Nov2003, Issue 339, p56
The work of Kurdish film director Bahman Ghobadi has found great favor with international critics. Although always smiling or laughing, Bahman Ghobadi is not a happy man. The reason he is not happy is because as a film director in a country where his industry is still stuttering, he must take responsibility for the entire process of every aspect of film making. Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1968 at Baneh, a small town in Iranian Kurdistan. After joining a club for cinema amateurs in Sanandaj, Bahman Ghobadi decided to study cinema, and left for Tehran, where he worked his way through the faculty of cinema over eight difficult years. His big break came when he convinced the famous film director Abbas Kiarostami to hire him. For Bahman it was the experience of a lifetime. He was to learn at the right hand of a master film maker how to direct a movie. His debut film is regarded as a masterpiece and was awarded the Gold Camera Prize at Cannes in 2000.


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