Rakhshan Bani Etemad was born on 3 April 1954 in Tehran. She is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film producer, director and screenwriter. She is widely considered Iran's premier female director, and her films have been praised at international festivals and have been popular with Iranian critics and audiences. Her title as the 'First Lady of Iranian Cinema' not only refers to her prominence as a filmmaker but also connotes her social role of merging politics and family in her work. Graduated in the field of film directing from The Faculty of Dramatic Arts and joined the Iranian TV in 1973 beginning her career as continuity girl and assistant director. Later on, she made a number of short documentaries and directed her first picture: 'Kharej az Mahdudeh' (1986). Her next films are: 'Zard-e Ghanari' (1988), Pul-e Khare Read More.. ji' (1989), 'Nargess' (1992), 'Rusari Abi' (1995), 'The May Lady' (1998), 'Baran and the Native' (1999), 'Mainline' (2006). Her latest feature-length film 'Tales' (2014) has been to over 40 film festivals.
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