Imagining the Diaspora in the New Millennium Comedies of Iranian Cinema.

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This article examines the genre of comedy in Iranian cinema and explores the various influences on its development and growth. It demonstrates how the roots of recent comedies can be traced back to pre-Revolution commercial cinema (known as filmfarsi) as well as the traditional Iranian comic theatre of taqlid. In particular, it focuses on the depictions of the Iranian diaspora in these comedies. The Iranian diaspora has been imagined and represented frequently in modern Persian culture, often satirically and humorously. More recently, Iranian comedies have provided a new space to imagine, define, criticize and redeem the Iranian diaspora.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-184
JournalIranian studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


  • Iranian commercial cinema
  • Iranian Comedies
  • Depictions of Diaspora in Iranian Cinema
  • Iranian Cinema
  • Diaspora


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