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Hamid Naficy F'04

Hamid Naficy

Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History/Film and Media Studies
Art History
Rice University
last updated: 07/06/18

ACLS Fellowship Program 2004
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies

(Professor Naficy has been designated an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow.)
Professor
Art History
Rice University
Cinema and National Identity provides a social history of the Iranian cinema during its first hundred years, 1900-2000.

Began in 1900, Iranian cinema evolved from an artisanal cottage industry patronized by the elite and the royalty into a robust film industry whose output in the 1990s surpassed that of Germany and England, and it blossomed into an internationally admired cinema whose filmmakers won almost all of the top prizes of major world film festivals. But,this evolution was not inevitable, for although modernity and Westernization were overdetermined, many social forces, including Shii Islam, conservative peasant tradition, illiteracy, inadequacy of technological and professional infrasturctures, and autocratic censorship impeded or countered it. Iranian cinema entered a semi-industrial production mode in the late 1960s, leading to increased productions and variety. It soared again after Revolution.

Publications

An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking.
An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking. Princeton University Press, 2001.

Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place (Afi Film Readers).
Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place (Afi Film Readers). Routledge, 1998.

The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles.
The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles. University of Minnesota Press, 1993.