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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a film director and writer from Iran, whose films during the last ten years were presented in international film festivals more than 1,000 times. As of 2002 he had gained 26 international prizes.

He was born in a poor family in southern Tehran. He had to work from the time he was eight years old, and before he was 17 years old, he changed his work 13 times. Before the Islamic revolution in Iran, he was a political activist and because of that he was jailed for more than 4 years, and was let out of jail only after the revolution. After the revolution he abandoned politics, because he had believed that the chief problem in Iran was the cultural one. So he began writing and making films. Today he has also published 27 books, many of which have already been translated in more than ten languages. Some of his films have been shown in more than 40 countries.

During the last five years he has also taught cinema to his family members, who have already made 6 films. Marziyeh Meshkini, his wife, gained thirteen international prizes for her film called The Day I Became a Woman, and his daughter Samira received the jury's prize at the Cannes film festival in France, 2000. His younger daughter Hana Makhmalbaf has also made her first film Joy of Madness 2003. For his productive instructing method, Boston University gave him its Special Prize in the year 2000.

Makhmalbaf also founded a non-governmental organization for enabling Afghan children to go to school in Iran; by means of changes in Iranian laws due to his campaigns, he succeeded in sending tens of thousands of Afghan children to schools in Iran.

Today he lives with his family in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. He is helping to build schools and hospitals there and has also helped an Afghan director in producing a movie. His daughter Samira has also directed a movie in Afghanistan called At Five in the Afternoon.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer
BirthdayMay 29, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceTeheran, Iran

Selected Filmography

The President
A Moment of Innocence
The Cyclist
Hail Mary and Gabbeh 2-Movie Bundle Set
The Silence
The Actor
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