Mojtaba Mirtahmasb was born in 1971 in Kerman. Centred on a large, dusty plain 600 miles south of Tehran, Kerman was to form the backdrop of Mirtahmasbs Lady of the Roses (2008). Before returning to his native region, though, Mirtahmasb embarked on an extensive and meaningful journey through post-1979 Iran, moving from Tehran to Khuzestan, all the while documenting, through his probing camera, the lived experiences of his people. From 1992 to 1995 Mirtahmasb studied at the University of Art in Tehran. His strong academic background, combined with an unstinting curiosity, took Mirtahmasb into the field of Iranian Shii Islamic material culture. Mirtahmasb directed nine documentary-fiction films, each of which took as its main subject an element of Iranian Islamic culture. In 1997 Mirtahmasb turned to an event emblazoned on the collective co Read More.. nscience of his people: the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). He directed 3 video clips, which were known collectively as War and Martyrs. One of those works, The Story of Khoramshahr, was regarded as the best clip at the 7th Sacred Defense Film Festival. In 2002 Mirtahmasb began his exploration of the Iranian music industry. His 2004 film Off Beat chronicles the experiences of Iranian music fans who, having been denied permission to attend a concert, held a contest on the internet to find the best underground rock band. Back Vocal, released in 2004, offers insights into the post-1979 prohibition against woman solo-singers. However, to focus on Mirtahmasbs activities as a filmmaker is to overlook a substantial part of his career. Mirtahmasb has also taken part in notable collaborations. He has worked as a sound recordist for Mohsen Makhmalbaf and served as assistant director alongside Mazieh Meshkini and Samira Makhmalbaf. Yet it was his collaborative effort with Jafar Panahi that propelled him into the forefront of our minds. Panahi and Mirtahmasbs This is Not a Film garnered international acclaim.
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