Iranian Studies Webinar Series: Cinema

When and Where

Friday, February 19, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Maryam Ghorbankarim!


Rakhshan Banietemad’s Social Realism: A Close Look at Her Documentary Films

This presentation will look at some of Banietemads lesser-known documentary works that Ghorbankarim! argues are the source and drive of her unique style of hlmmaking.

Maryam Ghorbankarimi is a lecturer in film practice at Lancaster University. She completed her Ph.D. in film studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and her dissertation was published as a book entitled A Colourful Presence; The Evolution of Women’s Representation in Iranian Cinema (Cambridge Scholar 2015). Her edited volume ReFocus: The Works of Rakshan Banietemad is coming out in March 2021 (Edinburgh University Press). Maryam is also a filmmaker; she has made some award-winning short films in both short documentary and fiction formats.

Organized by the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies in collaboration with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; the Departmentof History; the Department of Historical Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies - UTM; the Cinema Studies Institute; the Centre for Comparative Literature; Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity; the Departmentof History (York University), and the Department of English (Ryerson University).

Zoom Registration:

* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registering once will give you access to the remaining talks in the series.

For further information, please contact: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (; or Arshavez Mozafari (>).