Episode #1 – From Puppet Shows to Makhmalbaf

Welcome to the first episode of The Hello Cinema Podcast, the monthly show dedicated to discussing Iranian cinema. This episode is hosted by Tina Hassannia and Amir Soltani. We spend the first half introducing ourselves and outlining our personal experiences in discovering cinema and Iranian film. We discuss the popular Iranian TV puppet show Redhat and Cousin, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup and all other formative experiences in between.

                Redhat and Cousin (Iraj Tahmasb, 1994)
                Redhat and Cousin (Iraj Tahmasb, 1994)

In the second half of the show, we discuss Hello Cinema (Salaam Cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995), the film that lends its title to our podcast. We situate the film in the context of the director’s career and the success of Iranian cinema on the festival circuit in the 1990s. The film’s interactive structure, the director’s public persona and established position as an ‘Islamist filmmaker’, and the relationship between the Iranian society and cinema at large are some of the topics of conversation.

0:00-1:10 Opening
1:10-18:13 Introduction
18:13-18:26 Interlude
18:27-44:52 Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Hello Cinema (1995)
44:53-45:26 Closing

Download an .mp3 version of the podcast here or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

Works Cited
Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Hello Cinema (imdb, youtube stream)
Iraj Tahmasb’s Redhat and Cousin (imdb, youtube stream – no English subs)
Marzieh Boroomand’s Hello! Hello! I’m Joojoo! (imdb)
Hamid Dabashi’s The Tragic Endings of Iranian Cinema (link)
Tina Hassannia’s On the Alleged Decline of Iranian Cinema… (link)
Amir Soltani’s Defining Iranian Cinema (link)
Hamid Naficy’s A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Vol 4: The Globalizing Era, 1984-2010 (amazon)
Hamid Dabashi’s Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker (amazon)
Music: “Sonatine” by Maziar Heidari


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