Ebrahim Golestan is a fault finding person as well as an artist Kamran Shirdel said

Ebrahim Golestan is a fault finding person as well as an artist Kamran Shirdel said

16 July, 2018 | Share Article


According to Nooriato magazine’s report: " I respect all the predecessors but, I hate cinema and I have not seen any films for 40 years." Kamran Shirdel, the Iranian documentarian said.


 

 

 

According to Nooriato magazine’s report: " I respect all the predecessors but, I hate cinema and I have not seen any films for 40 years." Kamran Shirdel, the Iranian documentarian said.

Nooriato magazine reported, quoted by Etemad: We often know Kamran Shirdel by the "Paykan" documentary, which represents the Iranian Industrialization during 1960s. Kamran Shirdel, translator, filmmaker and a documentarian was born in 1939 in Miandoab, Iran. He started directing in the early 1960s and he has created several movies such as Silver Canvas, Women's Prison, Tehran Is the Capital of Iran, Women's Quarter, The Night It Rained, Paykan, and Mobarakeh Steel Complex.

 

This documentarian has been interviewed by Etemad, which you will read below.

 

You continued your studies in Italy and you learned filmmaking under influence of filmmaking in this country. What impact did your study in Italy have had on your career in filmmaking?

 

I consider Italy as my second country. I went to Italy when I was 18 and I studied there under supervision of great masters of Italian Cinema. I have been a student of Roberto Rossellini, the father of Italian Cinema. Certainly, the Italian culture and the training I have experienced have had the greatest effect on my filmmaking.

 

What do you think about the films created by the great contemporary Iranian filmmakers such as Ebrahim Golestan?

 

 Although I respect all the predecessors, I hate cinema and it is 40 years that I have not seen any movies. One day that I was with one of my Italian friends, I encountered Ebrahim Golestan. Although he was a companionable and wise person, I did not like him. Golestan had many effects in Iranian cinema but he is a fault-finding person as well as an artist. I have not seen many movies by Ebrahim Golestan and I have never been so keen on watching his works.

 

 

 

Forough Farrokhzad also joined the film industry at the same as you, how do you evaluate her works?

 

Forugh Farrokhzad was a perfect student of Ebrahim Golestan and she always followed her instructor. Forough Farrokhzad's montage has expressions of Ebrahim Golestan.

 

Before the Revolution in Iran, you had several close collaboration with the Pahlavi’s government, what was the point of view of Iranian Shah (king) about you and your documentaries?

 

Shah (the king of Iran) was very kind to me because he wanted to take me into his cinema. During the Shah's era, the entire Ministry of Culture and its equipment were serving the propaganda of the Shah. I received several orders from the Pahlavi Ministry of Culture but after "The Night It Rained", they expelled me from the Ministry of Culture. I remember that after being fired, when I was coming down the stairs of the ministry, I saw seven honorary medals on my chest, for my seven movies, which were seized by the government. The same day I saw Dariush Mehrjui at the Ministry of Culture, preparing for the movie of “Cow”.

 

You have been interrogated several times by SAVAK (the Organization of National Intelligence and Security) repeatedly, what happened during these interrogations?

 

I had interesting sessions with SAVAK interrogators. Sometimes I could convince them by my words. Sometimes intelligent and honest people were among the SAVAK interrogators who were convinced by my words and were giving the right to me. As I was making the movies based on the orders by government, there was no room for excuses.