Rare photos of Ezzatollah Zarghami

In 1995, he became deputy cultural minister overseeing cinematic affairs; he held the post for two years, during which he implemented tough restrictions on content, despite the distaste of many cinema activists. During this time, President Hashemi Rafsanjani distanced himself from Zarghami. Contradicting his harsh tenure, he has claimed to have ‘paved the way’ for artists in homeland.