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So You Think You Know Iran: My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns

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“My name is John Ford and I make Westerns.” This is how John Ford introduced himself at the American Film Directors’ Association gathering. Negahdar Jamali, an Iranian from Shiraz, introduced himself the same way when director Kamran Heidari first met him, without knowing John Ford that well: “My name is Negahdar Jamali and I make Westerns.” He introduced himself with self-confidence and without any weakness in his statement; not in the Monument Valley or in the Grand Canyon, but in Shiraz and the deserts surrounding the city. Under hard conditions, Jamali has been making Western films continuously for the past 35 years, and in this documentary, Heidari presents Jamali’s struggle with his family, friends, society, and others to make what he likes the most in his life: Western movies.

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The film is presented as part of So You Think You Know Iran, a six-film series presented throughout April, featuring documentaries from Iran that invite audiences to discover a less familiar view of the country.

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Screening event courtesy Docunight.

Docunight started in 2014 as a monthly screening program to show Iranian documentaries in North America, and expanded to 25 cities by 2020. After screenings were stopped due to the pandemic, Docunight started a streaming platform with the goal of becoming an online library for documentaries from or about Iran. Docunight recently started expanding its collection to documentaries about Afghanistan as well. Currently, Docunight has about 200 films, and adds new documentaries every week.

Docunight is an initiative undertaken by the Kiarostami Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit based in California, USA.

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    65 minutes
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    Kamran Heidari