Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today.
Many of his films like Salam Cinema, A Moment Of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President have been widely well received across the globe and have brought him over 50 international awards from the prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Locarno…
His film Kandahar has been chosen as one of the top 100 best movies of history of cinema by Times Magazine.
His fame as the most prominent filmmaker of Iran made him the subject of an identity theft by someone who wished to become a filmmaker. This incident turned to a famous film called Close up by Abbas Kiarostami.
Makhmalbaf has also taught his three children about the art of cinema. His older daughter Samira holds the record for the youngest filmmaker who have been selected for the official section of Cannes at the age of 17 with her first debut titled The Apple. Samira has also won the Grand Jury Prize of Cannes twice with her second and and third film titled The Blackboards and At Five In The Afternoon. Hana, Makhmalbaf’s younger daughter, won the Crystal Bear of Berlin and the Grand Jury Prize of San Sebastian Film Festival with her first feature film.
At the age of 17 as a political activist Mohsen was shot by the police and spent 5 years in prison as a political prisoner. His fight and human right activities against dictatorship in Iran has continued till today.
With his film Afghan Alphabet he managed to change a law in Iran which resulted in opening the door of schools and universities for education of over half million Afghan children refugee in his country.
Makhmalbaf, the prestigious Manhae Peace Award winner, had also established his own NGO in Iran in which he executed 82 different human right projects for helping women and children of Afghanistan.
Since 2009, all 40 films of Makhmalbaf family alongside Mohsen’s 30 published book are banned in his homeland. The Iranian government has also levied a ban on Makhmalbaf’s name in the media. In 2013, the Iranian government also removed over 120 international awards of Makhmalbaf family from the museum of cinema in Iran.
Born on 1957 in Tehran
Fighting for democracy he faced imprisonment at the age of 17 and spent nearly 5 years in prison. After his release he continued his struggle in search of democracy and equality through his activities in literature and in his films. He is the writer of 30 literary and story books and directed 30 feature, short and documentaries in 10 different countries. He has received over 50 reputable international awards from prestigious film festival across the world including Cannes, Venice, Locarno... He has been granted two honorary doctorate in cinema and literature for his eminent works.
Over the years his film has appeared several time on the list of top one hundred films in history of cinema by critics and experts in the industry across the world.
Besides films and literature, he has always been active as a human right activist in Iran and Afghanistan.
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