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Celluloid Underground
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A line of men and a child wait to enter a cinema. Film stills and Arabic text decorate a board outside the building
Celluloid Underground, dir. Ehsan Khoshbakht, UK / Iran 2023, 80 min., English & Farsi with English subtitles

Part autobiography, part film collage, Khoshbakht’s film offers a fascinating insight into the lives of those who fight to keep film culture alive in the face of oppression. Centring on two maverick cinephiles from Iran – the director himself and his late friend Ahmad Jurghanian – this poignant work is a testament to the power of cinema and its potential as an act of resistance.

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