Funeral of Shahram Abdoli

In his book Close Up: persian Cinema, Past, Present, Future (2001) Hamid Dabashi describes modern persian cinema and the phenomenon of [persian] national cinema as a form of cultural modernity. According to Dabashi, “the visual possibility of seeing the historical person (as opposed to the eternal Qur’anic man) on screen is arguably the single most important event allowing Iranians access to modernity.”